Road Safety Authority to check accidents

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The State government has decided to bring in legislation empowering the AP Road Safety Authority to check road accidents, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said here on Wednesday.

Expressing serious concern over the rising number of deaths due to road accidents across the State, Mr. Rosaiah said the Road Safety Council would be reconstituted immediately. It will coordinate with all the departments concerned to ensure road safety in the State.

Better enforcement

At a review meeting with officials on Wednesday in the wake of continuing road accidents and loss of dozens of lives, Mr. Rosaiah said the Road Transport Authority (RTA) would be permitted to hire larger vehicles for effective enforcement after concurrence from the Finance Department. A sum of Rs. 9.30 crore would be spent to strengthen the Transport Department for better enforcement and road safety.

It was decided to go for special recruitment of junior assistants and constables in addition to computerisation of all the 38 MVI offices. The government has decided to ask HMDA and VUDA to undertake construction of bus stands for contract carriage buses since these were being parked on main roads.