Nitin Gadkari seeks global cooperation for road safety

India stands committed to reducing road accidents by 50 percent by 2020, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday, while seeking global cooperation for road safety and innovative technologies.

Inaugurating the IRF World Road Meeting (WRM 2017) here, with focus on safe and smart mobility, he said that steps are underway to rectify black spots which will cost Rs 12,000 crore.

India accounts for one of the highest road accidents globally. Every year, 1.5 lakh people are killed while 3 lakh are crippled in 5 lakh accidents.

"A clear vision and advanced technology can take India to the league of developed nations," Gadkari said while inaugurating the 4-day event organised by Geneva-based International Road Federation (IRF).

"We seek innovative technologies in highway projects...as India is committed to reducing fatal road accidents by 50 percent by the end of 2020 as the country is a signatory to UN Decade of Action," he said.

Transport ministers from eight countries including Canada, Finland, Luxembourg, Russia and UAE are participating in the event, being attended by over 1,000 global road safety experts and organisations.

Gadkari said that as part of the plan to reduce fatalities, the transport ministry has undertaken a Rs 12,000 crore project to rectify black spots.

It has identified 786 black spots, of which 168 have been already rectified, he added.

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