Immediate remedial measures to be taken up
The first report on “Identification and Rectification of Punjab Road Accident Black Spots” was released under Tandrust Punjab Mission on Thursday by KS Pannu, Director Tandrust Punjab Mission.
Pannu informed that on the directions of Chief Minister Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh, the report on Punjab Road Accident Black Spots has been prepared under Tandrust Punjab Mission jointly by the Punjab Vision Zero Accident team and the Traffic Wing of Punjab Police.
In the first part of the Report, 391 Road Accident Black Spots have been identified in 12 Districts of the State, informed Pannu. Out of these, 256 ie 65% black spots fall on National Highways in the State, 66 spots that amount to 17% of the total identified black spots, are on PWD Roads, 42 ie 11% are on Urban Roads and 27 which amounts to 7% of the total identified black spots are on Rural roads, said he.
Mission Director further informed that the 391 identified Road Accident Black Spots have been points of incidence of 2898 road accidents in the last three years(2016 to 2018) leading to 1910 fatalities coupled with grave injuries to 1401 and injuries to 488 people.
Detailing the black spots district wise, Pannu said that district SAS Nagar (Mohali) has the highest number of Road Accident Black Spots which are to the tune of 92, followed by Ludhiana which has 91 such spots falling in the jurisdiction of Ludhiana Police Commissionerate. Besides, 6 black spots have been identified in jurisdiction of Amritsar Police (Rural), 23 falling in areas under Amritsar Police Commissonerate, 9 in Batala,12 in Gurdaspur,8 in Tarn Taran, 21 in areas under Jalandhar Police Commissionerate, 9 in Moga, 55 in Patiala, 30 in Roopnagar, 21 in SBS Nagar, 8 in Bathinda and 6 in Sangrur.
He informed that according to the directions of Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry, that road is termed as Accident Black Spot if on any 500 meters stretch of that road more than 5 accidents occur in the last three consecutive years, causing death/fatal injuries or a spot where in the last three consecutive years 10 people have lost lives in road accidents.
Divulging into further course of action, Mission Director informed that the details of Road Accident Black Spots would be conveyed to all the concerned departments of the State Government for rectification measures and the details of those falling on National Highways would be taken up with the National Highways Authority with the request for urgent corrective measures on account of 550th Parkash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji.
Pertinently, the report has been prepared under concerted efforts of Mr. Navdeep Asija, Traffic Advisor Punjab and Mr. Arbab Ahmad, Project Manager, Punjab Vision Zero Accident, in a period of four months.