All the nationwide highways – these in the design stage, below development and even operational ones – may have to bear a street security audit (RSA) by a 3rd get together and consultants in the subsequent three months, as directed by the ministry of street transport and highways.
An workplace memorandum, signed by street security director Gaurav Hariom Gupta, additionally directed that an officer, equal to that of an assistant govt engineer/govt engineer or above can be designated as street security officer (RSO) below every regional officer (RO) to take care of RSA, blackspot rectification and different street security works.
“RSA of all national highways, at all stages (design, during construction, pre-opening stage, operation and maintenance), through a third party road safety auditors/experts, will be carried out within three months of issue of this letter,” the order learn.
The instructions to result in systematic adjustments in street security on nationwide highways by all road-owning companies, together with street wing, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), additionally directed for creating a web-based portal or software by March 31 for monitoring all actions associated to RSA together with motion taken on audit reviews throughout hierarchy to guarantee compliance of audit suggestions and to consider their effectiveness.
The order additionally mentioned 5 stretches, no less than 50 km in size, of nationwide highways and having increased variety of accidents and blackspots in the jurisdiction of every ROs can be recognized and developed as mannequin secure roads.
The ROs should establish the stretches, finalise motion plan, each brief time period and long run, and full short-term measures and get motion plan accepted for long-term measures by March 31. Photographic and videographic proof of the identical needs to be stored and uploaded on the web-based portal.
Model secure development zones
Five undertaking stretches of no less than 10 km in size below development, ideally with a development progress of 30 to 75 p.c, needs to be recognized and developed as mannequin secure development zones by March 31. Photographic and videographic proof of pre and post-rectification needs to be stored and uploaded on the web-based portal.
The order added that development zones needs to be improved primarily based upon newest codal provisions, akin to barricades with lights, visitors diversion indicators at frequent intervals each for day and evening, security railing/barricades close to deep excavation areas, further security indicators like illuminating lights, and blinkers at evening in transition zones.
Mandating RSA certification coaching
Also, the ministry has directed that RSA certification coaching have to be declared obligatory for all technical officers of street wing, NHAI and NHIDCL up to superintending engineer stage.
The order additionally directed that ROs together with RSOs should go to all street accident areas with fatality, below their jurisdiction, to establish doable street engineering points and ahead an in depth report to the street security wing of the ministry inside 24 hours of the accident.
“On all such locations, corrective measures shall be undertaken by ROS with utmost priority,” the order said.
The involved implementing authority may have to submit an action-taken report on these steps by January 31 and thereafter on a month-to-month foundation, it added.
“With rapid expansion of the road network and increasing number of vehicles, India is witnessing a high number of road accidents and fatalities… Since national highways contribute to around 31 percent of road accidents and 36 percent of road fatalities in the country, it is necessary to bring about systematic changes in road safety on national highways by all road-owning agencies, including road wing, NHAI and NHIDCL,” the order learn.
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