Govt should focus on road safety: LS members


New Delhi, July 15: Expressing concern over increasing number of road accidents, several members in Lok Sabha Monday urged the government to focus on road safety, especially on expressways.
Participating in the discussion on the Demands for Grants of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for 2019-20, the members also demanded speeding up road construction in the country as it was essential for economic development.
Nearly 1.5 lakh people die every year in the country because of road accidents.
Observing that 4,000 traffic accidents take place every day in Kerala, K Muraleedharan (Congress) suggested that road laws should be strengthened to safeguard lives.
As a special case, he said, Kerala should be given more financial assistance for widening of roads.
“We want development. We are ready to cooperate with the central government in this regard,” he said.
Noting that India has one of the largest road networks in the world, Muraleedharan said that the road infrastructure in the country was used to transport 60% of the total goods and 85 per cent of passenger traffic. (PTI)