Bhubaneswar, September 30: Maintaining that road safety is a high priority area for the State Government, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday said that the State has adopted a four-fold strategy to make the roads safer – by enforcement, education improvement in road engineering and emergency care.
“Road safety is a high priority area for the Government. We have adopted a four-fold strategy to make our roads safer – by enforcement, education improvement in road engineering and emergency care,” said Chief Minister Patnaik.
Patnaik was speaking at the SAFE convention organised by ‘Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers’ (SIAM) in collaboration with State Transport Department here.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated an exhibition of new safe technologies for automobiles on this occasion.
Highlighting State’s performance in road safety initiatives, he said that Odisha has scored 66 per cent and categorised as ‘high performer’ in implementing road safety measures during audit conducted by the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety.
“Supreme Court Committee has also rated some of our initiatives as best practices and suggested recommendation to neighbouring States,” said the Chief Minister.
The convention will be a great occasion to address issues of road safety, environmental concerns and sharing solutions, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Transport Minister Tukuni Sahu said that as many as 7 lakh new vehicles are being registered in State every year.
“They are contributing immensely to our economy. But for increasing accidents, these growth is undermined. I hope that automobile manufacturers will bring in new and safe technology to help make the roads safer for people,” said Sahu.
Among others, president & CEO of Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Atsushi Ogata, President SIAM Vinod Aggarwal, Global Head of Tata Motors Sushant Naik, President of Ashok Leyland Dr N. Saravanan also spoke.