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NHAI signs MoU with IRTE, IDC to Promote Road Safety & Collaborate in areas of Traffic Management

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to promote road safetyNational Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed a Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Institute for Road Traffic Education (IRTE) and Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh (IDC) for promotion of road safety & collaborate in areas of traffic management under the programme “Capacity building of Road Safety Management through the Safe Systems Approach Programme”.

  • NHAI will provide full support to IRTE & IDC regarding data, traffic information to improve traffic management across NHs in India.
  • The agreement will be effective for a period of 2 years.
  • Objective – To create Safe road environment through reduction of traffic violations, injuries and fatalities due to road crashes.
  • The MoU was signed in presence of Dr. Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Chairman of NHAI and Dr. Rohit Baluja, President IRTE and others.

Components of the Agreement:

i.As part of the Partnership, IRTE

  • Will Provide support to NHAI for improving the functional aspects of road geometrics.
  • Ensure conformance of Traffic Control Devices to Indian Road Congress (IRC) standards for achieving efficient, free & rapid flow of traffic.
  • Will Assist NHAI to conduct safety audit, traffic engineering surveys, developing & creating awareness programmes for schools, universities & General public.
  • Will help in developing and devising a strategy for coordination of traffic enforcement personnel along NHs.
  • Conduct study of Road Traffic Violations (“RTVs”) and support one of their INTERCEPTOR-CrashLab, Mobile traffic enforcement & research laboratories.

ii.IRTE will also develop a data management system for collection & recording of data related to accidents, enforcement, traffic volumes.

  • The management system will help in creating specialised training programmes, tools & systems of training.
  • It will also help in providing basic training, road safety audit, accident investigation & traffic management for the officials.

iii.As part of the agreement, IDC

  • Will help in reduction of social, environmental and health risks to varied population
  • Formulate strategies on social aspects of road safety
  • Include financial investments & social capital in road safety
  • Quantify benefits from reduction in travel time & material costs for the commuters.

iv.NHAI will provide the financial support for programmes like safety improvement works, road safety training, audit and research, holding workshops, seminars.

Recent Related News:

i.On 6th August, 2020 NHAI signed an agreement with IIT Delhi to set up a CoE for use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in data driven decision Making and Advance Data Management System for Highways (ADMS Highways).

About Institute for Road Traffic Education (IRTE):
President – Rohit Baluja
Location of Institute – Faridabad, Haryana

About Institute for Development and Communication, Chandigarh (IDC):
Director – Pramod Kumar
Location – Chandigarh