Gadkari calls for dedicated road safety cell in Delhi PWD

New Delhi: Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday called for a dedicated road safety cell in the Delhi Public Works Department, which will focus on road safety aspect. His stand comes after India Chapter of International Road Federation's suggestions for simple engineering and traffic management improvements with moderate investment at 10 major traffic black spots in Delhi.  According to the federation's report, these spots are Sarai Kale Khan, Mori Gate, Nigam Bodh Ghat, Mukhandpur Chowk, Dr Bhabha Marg crossing, Punjabi Bagh chowk, Kashmere Gate, Mahipalpur flyover, Shani Mandir and Shahdara flyover. "These spots recorded 245 accidents last year, in which 203 persons were injured and 84 lost their lives," said a ministry statement quoting the report. The IRF suggested footpaths, traffic islands, channelling of traffic, installation of signals and road signages and pavement markings to make these spots safer for traffic.  Gadkari wrote to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and urged him to get the report examined and send relevant proposals to the union ministry for financing.  He further said the ministry will soon launch a national initiative to remove traffic black spots and accommodate proposals from Delhi government therein.