Campaign launched on Prevention of Human and Animal Mortality on Highways

On June 5, 2020, the Union minister of Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari launched the United Nations Development Programme campaign called “Prevention of Human and Animal Mortality on highways”.

Need

India is witnessing 5 lakhs road accidents every year. Out of these 1.5 lakhs lose their lives. The campaign is launched to bring down the accident rates.

Measures

The GoI has taken several road safety measures to reduce accidents. This includes Rectification of Black spots, Crash barriers, Traffic barriers, road safety audit, rehabilitation and reconstruction of narrow bridges and highway patrolling.

The GoI has also spent good amounts in creating infrastructure that is safer to animals. The Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway is one such example. Similar successful steps have been taken in Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, etc.

Nagpur-Jabalpur Highway

Around 5,450 wild animals have been captured in the cameras installed that they are using the underpasses constructed in the highway. The report was generated by the Wildlife Institute of India.

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