The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been focussing on training to enhance engineering measures for improving Road Safety.
Officials said that under the aegis of ‘Road Safety Week’ that is being observed from January 11-17, NHAI is focusing on creating awareness around road safety.
The authority is also giving a lot of emphasis on training of NHAI engineers in Road Safety Audit to enhance engineering measures for improving safety on the roads.
Officials said the NHAI is imparting mandatory 15-days Road Safety Audit Training to its engineers.
The completion of training has been made a key criterion for the promotion of engineers to the post of Manager and Deputy General Manager.
During the year 2022-23, about 240 NHAI engineers have been trained at IIT Delhi, Central Road Research Institute and Indian Academy of Highway Engineers.
Apart from this, NHAI is also prioritising deployment of technology to make highways safer.
Advance Traffic Management System (ATMS) is being implemented on National Highways and Expressways for managing incidents of road crashes and enforcement of speed limit and other regulations on highways.
The ATMS has been implemented for around 3,000 km of National Highways.
Further, ATMS is also being installed on projects under implementation such as Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.
NHAI is also looking at leveraging GIS technology for analysing drone videos and Network Survey Vehicle data for identifying safety issues on highways.
To propagate the cause of safer roads for all, ‘Road Safety Week’ is being observed from 11-17.
During the week, various activities are being organised throughout the country to create awareness among the general public and to give an opportunity to all stakeholders to contribute to the cause of road safety.
This includes various awareness campaigns related to causes of road accidents and measures to prevent them.