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Recognizing the socio-economic consequences of the road traffic accidents, the Government through multiple stakeholders is taking various measures to improve the road safety. The Highways Department has approved a comprehensive proposal for the improvement of Road Safety under the World Bank assisted TNRSP II. The Road safety component includes strategic planning, revision of Road Safety policy and formulation of long term investment proposal at the state level. It has been envisaged to improve the Road Safety through interventions from all the stakeholders such as Transport, Police, Health, Education and Engineering Department. It is proposed to engage a Management Committee to facilitate in conducting Road Safety Audit, iRAP survey, formulate the proposal for demonstration projects and to support State level initiatives such as policy, Programme & Investments planning comprising of all stake holders.

Further, for identification and removal of black spots through engineering measures, a protocol has been formulated and this will be facilitated by the engineering committees. The field level committee comprising of the Divisional Engineer (C&M) and Divisional Engineer (Investigation) carry out joint inspection and suggest suitable Engineering measures. At circle level, the Superintending Engineer (C&M) concerned will review, prioritize and shortlist the proposal received from field committee considering the factors such as accident fatalities, grievous injuries and the possible threats due to Engineering defects. The recommendations of the SE (C&M) concerned will be appraised, shortlisted further by the State Level Committee comprising of Director General, Highways, Chief Engineer (C&M) and Director, HRS. Shortlisted proposal will be recommended for sanctioning to government under appropriate scheme.

 A comprehensive proposal to improve the black spots in the Government roads has been prepared at an estimated cost of Rs.1130 Crore.

Considering the above shelf of projects, the Government have sanctioned Rs.300 Crore for road safety works under road safety fund. From 2014-15 onwards road safety works has been taken up under Comprehensive road Infrastructure Development Programme. Thus, road safety works to a tune of Rs.959.94 Crore were taken up under road safety funds and CRIDP so far as detailed below.

Details of Fund allocation (Rs in Crore)
Sl. No Year CRIDP Road Safety Fund under Highways Head Total
1 2014-15 250.00 200.00 450.00
2 2015-16 206.87 100.00 306.87
3 2016-17 203.07 - 203.07
Total 959.94

A study was made to identify black spots where more than 5 fatalities took place for the past 3 years. Totally 169 black spots have been identified and 73 are being improved at a cost of Rs.31.58 Crore under CRIDP 2016-17. 50 black spots are being improved under other schemes. The remaining identified works will be taken up in the year 2017-18 on priority basis. By carrying out these various measures the accidents are reduced.

Road Safety Audit Training Programme:

Out of FIVE PRIORITY areas of Collaborative research, with CSIR-CRRI, the first in the list is the Training on Road Safety Audit and related aspects.

During the first co-ordination committee meeting held at CSIR-CRRI, New Delhi on 19.08.2015 also attended by the Director, HRS, it was decided to conduct 5 Days training programme from 12th to 16th October, 2015, at Highways Research Station, Chennai. The same was conducted as per schedule.

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