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Surge in mishaps: Yogi wants strict implementation of road safety rules

Statesman News Service | Lucknow |

With road mishaps in the state claiming 25 lives in a span of two days , Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has issued stern directives to the police and transport officials to ensure strict implementation of road safety rules. These include the mandatory wearing of helmets and seat belts, regular checking of school vans, and creating awareness about traffic rules.

The CM gave these directives at a high level meeting related to road safety at the Lal Bahadur Shashtri Annexe Bhawan late Saturday evening. The meeting assumes significance against the backdrop of the death of 13 school children in Kushinagar district on Friday and the death of 12 persons in Lakhimpur Kheri district on Saturday morning. A mini van carrying 19 people rammed into a stationary truck on National Highway 24 in Pasgawan in Kheri district at about 5.30 am on Saturday. The vehicle was going from Shahjehanpur to Sitapur district.

The chief minister directed the officials to issue e-challans to traffic rule violators as the violation largely contributed to road accidents. He stressed that the police, transport, medical and health and the education department should jointly work towards the preparation of an action plan regarding road safety. It should be ensured that the plan was effectively implemented.

Yogi Adityanath asked the officials to conduct a campaign for the checking of vehicles. He said a list of schools should be prepared for the purpose. The school management should ensure that the vans fulfilled the required norms and fitness certificates.

Stating the government was extremely concerned over the number of deaths caused by road accidents, the UP chief minister made it clear to the officials that serious steps should be undertaken to curb the same. He said the main cause for road accidents was drunken driving, over speeding and negligence by the drivers. This menace should be reined in.Physical fitness of the drivers should be routinely carried out, and a refresher training course be conducted from time to time for them, he stressed.

Talking about Expressways and state highways, the CM said regular patrolling should be done on them. Ambulances and Dial 100 vehicles be kept in readiness in case of a mishap and the unnecessary cuts on the highways should be plugged.

Emphasising on the need for road signages, the chief minister said that zebra crossings should be highlighted on the roads near schools, hospitals, over crowded areas. He said foot over bridges should be constructed for pedestrians.

Taking cognizance of accidents being caused by stationary trucks parked on roadsides and near the dhabas, Yogi Adityanath said effective action should be taken against the violators.