“Odisha government has adopted a four-fold strategy to make our roads safer - by enforcement, education improvement in road engineering and emergency care,” Patnaik said.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated an exhibition of new safe technologies for automobiles.
Highlighting state’s performance in road safety initiatives, the Chief Minister said that Odisha has scored 66 percent and categorized as ‘high performer’ in implementing road safety measures during audit conducted by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety.
Patnaik further said that the Supreme Court Committee has also rated some of our initiatives as best practices and suggested recommendation to neighbouring states.
“Our Government has started a Reward Scheme for the people who help road accident victims. I am happy to share that more and more people are coming forward to help the road accident victims,” he said.
The Chief Minister thanked the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers for organizing this event in collaboration with state transport department. The convention will be a great occasion to address issues of road safety, environmental concerns and sharing solutions, he added.
Saying that road accidents are a serious cause of concern for all of us. Many people lose their lives in road accidents across the country, including our state, every year. This has a serious impact on families and our economy, he expressed concern.
He appreciated SIAM for extending responsibility beyond vehicular engineering. It has been at the forefront in driver training programmes and health check-up drives for commercial drivers, he added.
President & CEO of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Mr Atsushi Ogata, President SIAM Vinod Aggarwal, Global Head of Tata Motors Sushant Naik, President of Ashok Leyland Dr N. Saravanan were, among others, present on the occasion.
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