The Indian Roads Congress (IRC) and the World Bank (Global Road Safety Fund) will jointly establish a crash analysis centre in India as part of IRC’s initiatives for road safety.

Vishnu Shankar Prasad, Secretary-General of the IRC, told reporters here on Friday that the modalities of the centre were to be worked out. “It will allow us to analyse the causes of the accident.”

With a presentation on the Global Road Safety Fund at the annual session here and during discussions, the IRC and the Bank had indicated that they would take part in road safety programmes in the country. The details were likely to be finalised in eight months, said Mr. Prasad.

All stakeholders

show interest

The five-day annual session of the IRC concluded on Friday. Apart from technical sessions and presentations by students, the conference also had discussions with overseas delegations.

With regard to the Asian Development Bank, they discussed their programme for overall development of the transport infrastructure.

The Indo-French Working Group meeting, which is an ongoing discussion, covered different segments, including tunnels and funding.

They have also said that they will be able to fund infrastructure and safety projects, said Mr. Prasad. “The Japan Road Association has also shown interest to work with the IRC.”

Road safety involves several stakeholders. This year, the annual session involved all of them to find solutions.

“Our efforts are focussed on finding solutions. We know the problems now. With all the stakeholders pooling in their resources, road safety can be improved,” said Mr. Prasad

C. Kandasamy, Director-General (Road Development) and Special Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, said that the IRC was looking at pilot projects on road safety. It involved participation of the private sector. The impact of these projects would be studied.