20 December, Indore
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that with the objective of reducing the number of road accidents, the Centre is mulling various proposals including to make air-conditioning mandatory in the driver’s cabin of buses and trucks.
Speaking after inauguration of 76th conference of Indian Road Congress in Indore Saturday Gadkari said, every year around 1.5 lakh people die and three lakh people get injured in road accidents in the country. Around 5 lakh accidents take place every year and the Government want to curtail this number by at least 50 per cent, he said.
The Minister said that attention must be paid to road engineering, otherwise in future the country may have to think of registering cases against those who make detailed project reports (DPRs) of roads, if a faulty road is found to be reason of the accident.
The engineers, he said, should not change the land acquisition plans for roads under pressure from local politicians.