Haryana Government Allocates Rs 25 Crore for Road Safety Measures

"Haryana Govt sets aside Rs 25 Cr for Road Safety! Promoting safer roads and driving habits.

Chandigarh, July 19: The Fund Management Committee under the Haryana Road Safety Fund Rules, held a meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, Mr. Sanjeev Kaushal today approved over Rs. 25 crore for road safety measures in the state.

Out of the total approved amount, the Committee has allocated funds amounting to Rs 12.50 crore for the installation of an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Speed Detection System and Rs 5.40 crore for the procurement of 30 light Recovery Vans and other road safety equipments in the state.

The Chief Secretary disclosed that a sum of Rs. 5.6 crore has been allocated to various districts for the procurement of essential safety equipment, including winter jackets, reflector jackets, raincoats with reflectors, baton lights, dresses with caps, digital diversion boards, portable speed breakers, and road safety-related literature and brochures. Additionally, measures such as audio clip distribution, road safety campaigns, rallies, marathons, cow belts, triangles, social media campaigns, advance signboards, road safety tournaments, and other road safety equipment will be undertaken, he added.

Divulging details of the allocated Rs. 5.6 crore, Mr. Kaushal said that Gurugram and Faridabad will receive Rs 2.00 crore each. These two districts have witnessed a high number of road accidents in recent years, making it crucial to invest in safety initiatives. A sum of Rs. 2.30 crore has been allocated for Hisar, Sonipat, Karnal, Jhajjar, Palwal, Rewari, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Rohtak, and Panchkula. An amount of Rs 1.30 crore has been allocated for Charkhi Dadri, Fatehabad, Kaithal, Narnaul, Mewat, Sirsa, Bhiwani, Jind, and Yamunanagar, emphasizing a comprehensive approach towards road safety across the state.

Besides this, the committee has approved a sum of Rs. 194.98 lakh for the purchase of 100 Challaning machines for the Transport Department and 900 for the Police Department. Furthermore, the committee has allocated an additional amount of Rs. 80 lakh to the Inspector General of Traffic (IG Traffic) for the procurement of essential equipment and resources to enhance road safety and traffic management. The allocation includes funds for the purchase of:

•       Laser speed guns: Investing in advanced laser speed guns to effectively monitor and enforce speed limits on roads.

•       Speed LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) Dragoneye recognition camera: Acquiring modern technology for accurate speed detection and identification of vehicles.

•       ALPR (Automatic License Plate Recognition) System: Implementing an automated system for the recognition of license plates, aiding in the identification and tracking of vehicles.

•       Reflective collars for stray cattle: Introducing reflective collars for stray cattle to enhance their visibility and minimize the risk of accidents.

•       Technical crash investigation kit: Equipping the authorities with specialized tools and equipment for conducting thorough investigations of road accidents.

•       Drones for aerial supervision: Utilizing drones for aerial surveillance of traffic-congested areas, providing real-time monitoring and enhancing traffic management efforts.

To bolster road safety education and training, the committee has allocated Rs. 104.03 lakh for the construction of the boundary wall of the Institute of Driving Training and Research (IDTR) in Palwal.

Mr. Kaushal said that these comprehensive measures are aimed at significantly reducing the number of road accidents and promoting road safety awareness across the state. By investing in safety equipment, infrastructure, and educational initiatives, the Haryana government demonstrates its commitment to protecting the lives of its citizens on the road.

Among those present in the meeting include Additioanl Chief Secretary, Home, Mr. T. V. S. N Prasad, DGP, Mr. PK Agarwal,  Principal Secretary, Transport, Sh. Navdeep Singh Virk, Director ULB, Mr. Yashpal and other senior officers of School Education, Health, HSIIDC, PWD (B And R) Departments.