Scientific data and technology based methods being introduced for road safety: JK Govt

Vastavam web: The Jammu and Kashmir government today said that scientific data and technology based methods were being introduced to ensure safety on roads and regulate traffic.For this, the government is working to introduce the Road Accident Data Management System (RADMS). This would enable the motor vehicles department (MVD) to take data-based decisions, Transport minister Sunil Kumar Sharma said in the state Legislative Assembly.Besides, an app ‘Ride Safe’ is also being developed for citizens to report instances of irresponsible driving, he said.

Under the Centre’s Smart Cities Scheme, procurement of 140 electric buses along with eight charging stations have been proposed for Jammu and Srinagar, he said.The minister said that under the FAME INDIA scheme, 15 buses have been sanctioned and under the Jammu and Kashmir Infrastructure Development Programme (JKIDP), procurement of 40 electric buses and 20 electric rickshaws have been proposed.High Security Registration Plate (HSRP) is being implemented in Jammu and Kashmir, and at present, about 46 per cent of vehicles registered have it, he said

The process of HSRP fixation has been modified enabling 100 per cent compliance by new vehicle owners, the House was informed.He said that the Road Safety Council Bill is being introduced to create a fund to identify and remove blind spots on roads.On the functioning of the State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), the minister said concerted efforts were being made to make the transport convenient.The corporation has decided to introduce the Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS). It is expected to be completed by June 2018, he said.Listing welfare initiatives for employees, he said that 10 per cent dearness allowance has been granted to SRTC employees in this financial year.