- Government to promote and encourage smart mobility and road safety in the country- Nitin Gadkari
- Ministry of Road also committed to achieve 50% reduction of road accidents by 2020
- Global transport Ministers meet on Eradicating Road Deaths By 2020 to be held in India in November 2017
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said that Government is currently focussing on promoting and encouraging smart mobility in the country with an aim to reduce increasing fatal road accidents in the country.
“The Ministry of Road transport stands committed to achieve 50 per cent reduction of road deaths in the country by 2020 as it is signatory to the UN decade of action for road safety. To achieve the goal of recuing fatal road accidents ,government is all set to adopt newer smart mobility technologies, whether in the form of traffic and transport efficiency, customized mobility , environment friendly mobility and road safety” said Mr Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways in a written message to 18th International Road Federation (IRF) World Roads Meeting (WRM) 2017 to be held in New Delhi in November 14-17 , 2017 .
“Pursuant to the invitation extended by Ministry of Road Transport to the Transport Ministers of various countries at the Mid-Term Review Conference held in November 2015 at Brazil, the Government of India also proposes to hold global transport Ministerial Conclave on “Eradicating Road Deaths by 2030 “ on November 13, 2017 in New Delhi, a day prior to WRM 2017” said Mr Gadkari in His message.
The 18th World Roads Meeting (WRM) is being organised by Geneva based International Road Federation (IRF) a global road safety body working world wide for better roads along with Union Ministry of Road transport and Highways (MoRTH).
“Given the growing demand for road infrastructure, mobility, and the increasing importance of India as a market for road infrastructure and services, India is a befitting venue for the mega event. The theme of the 18th WRM is “Safe Roads and Smart Mobility : The Engines of Economic Growth’’, and will bring together about 4000 representatives of business, industry, governments, public sector organisations, multi-lateral institutions, leaders and transport experts from the automotive, financial, road and transport infrastructure, and construction sectors; professionals, academics, consultants, infrastructure operators, contractors and manufacturers from across the world,” said Mr. K. K. Kapila, Chairman , International Road Federation , the global body working to make roads safer, sustainable, smarter across the world.
“The chosen theme for WRM – 2017 covers Safe Roads, Smart Mobility and Economic Growth; cherished aspirations across the world. As urbanization gathers pace, there is a demand for more road capacity, more traffic, congestion, pollution, traffic accidents and fatalities; all of which negatively affect our quality of life, and place a huge burden on the economy of countries. As the world’s population continues to grow, these challenges will increase in both magnitude and complexity. The WRM – 2017 will explore safe, sustainable, and smart solutions for addressing these and future challenges.” said Mr Kapila.
Mr Gadkari’s message