Aim of zero percent accident in 2020 – Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai, 13/1/2020: Everyone should try to make Maharashtra safe by following the rules of transport. The driver of the vehicle must follow the traffic rules on his own. Care should be taken not to endanger one’s own life or other’s life. In order to reduce the rate of accidents, Road Safety Week campaign should not be observed for a week, but follow the traffic rules throughout the year in order to make safe Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said here today.

The 31st State Road Safety Week 2020 was organized at Jamshed Bhabha Theater, NCPA, Nariman Point in association with Transport Department and Additional Director General of Police (Transport), Maharashtra State and Mumbai Police Transport Department. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated this week. Transport Minister Advocate Anil Parab,Minister of State for Transport Satej Patil, Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha Arvind Sawant, Member of Legislative Assembly Rahul Narvekar were present on this occasion.

The Chief Minister said that the police system always performs its duty in uniform. So that common citizens can enjoy various festivals. The police system is the real hero of this joy. There is a need to teach traffic rules to students at school and college level. Once the students understand the rules, they would explain these rules to their families. Therefore, it is necessary to inform students about the rules related to safety. Due to modern technology, even though the traffic police is not visible on the road, but the focus of the police remains on us. Rules should be followed while driving a vehicle.

In the year 2005, the accident rate of China was 94 thousand and that of India was 98 thousand. China has now reached 45 thousand, while India has reached 1.50 lakh. To reduce this rate, everyone should co-operate to achieve the target of zero percent accident by considering ‘ self safety as family safety’. Mr.Thackeray also appealed to everyone to create a safe Maharashtra.

Transport Minister said, a person’s life is like a candle. An accident can also extinguish a person’s flame and spread darkness in the family. All constituents related to transportation should perform their duties. Only 12 thousand 556 people have died in road accidents in the last one year. This death toll is not small. To reduce this numbers, it is necessary to have awareness campaign about traffic rules through various undertakings. Keeping in mind the awareness campaign’s objective zero percent accident, Local bodies, media, NGOs, schools and colleges should undertake initiatives for awareness.

All of us should work in the direction of reducing the accident rate by more than 10 percent in the coming year.

Minister of State Satej Patil said, life is important. Internet speed has increased from 4G to 5G, so we should not increase vehicle’s speed while driving. Traffic rules must be followed. While framing the development control rules by the Urban Development Department (UDD), the UDD should involve transport department for

preparation of development plan. He also directed to pay more attention to the traffic signal system. A provision of special funds should be made in this regard.

Ashish Kumar Singh, Principal Secretary of Transport Department, Ranjit Singh Deol, Managing Director of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, Transport Commissioner Shekhar Channe, joint Commissioner of Police (Transport) Madhukar Pandey and concerned officials were present at the event.

On this occasion, the District Road Safety Committee of Raigad, Washim, Thane districts were honoured by the Chief Minister. Tejaswini Hegde, Gurunath Sathelkar, Vijay Bhosle, Hardik Patil were honoured for their commendable work. Similarly, drivers serving for 25 years without accident were also honoured.