Highway Min undecided over Road Safety Bill issue

The decision over long pending Road Safety Bill to bring reforms in the highways sector may get further delayed.

New Delhi: The decision over long pending
Road Safety Bill to bring reforms in the highways sector may
get further delayed, as consensus eludes the nodal ministry
over introducing a separate bill for the same, or its
inclusion in the Motor Vehicles Act, which is being amended.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is of the
view that the amendments to National Road Safety and Traffic
Management Bill are there in the Motor Vehicles Act, which is
also being amended. And, therefore, there is no need for a
separate bill.

"This has been discussed in the ministry, it is being
felt that the Motor Vehicles Act, which is being amended would
be sufficient for road safety as well," a Road Ministry
official told PTI.

The National Road Safety and Traffic Management Bill
which aims to lay down standards to ensure road safety also
targets setting up of Road Safety and Traffic Management
Board.

The Board is likely to be given financial autonomy by
setting up National Road Safety Fund from the cess collection
on petrol and diesel.

The Board would advise the government on administration
of road safety laws and recommend standards for design,
construction and maintenance of national highways, safety
standards for motor vehicles etc.

It would also conduct road safety audits on highways and
vehicles, and establish procedures and methods for data
collection.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways envisages
Rs 50,000 crore private investments in the highways sector this
fiscal as it awards contracts for building 7,300 km of roads.

Country`s highway network of 71,000 km, upgradation
projects for about 16,000 km have been completed, while about
15,000 km are in different stages of implementation of being
awarded.

The balance is likely to be awarded within the next one
year.

PTI

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