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                                                                             Panaji, June 25, 2018

                                                                             Asadha, 4, 1940


          Minister for Public Works & Transport, Shri Ramkrishna alias Sudin Dhavlikar today inaugurated the five Days Road Safety training program organized by Asian Institute of Transport Development (AITD) in association with PWD, Government of Goa.

          The Training program is being held on behalf of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH). Around fifty professionals in road and road transport sector from Goa and Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways have participated in the training program.

          Shri Dhavlikar expressed his concern on the loss of life and limbs caused by road accidents and stressed the need for taking urgent actions to reduce the number of fatalities. In this context, he highlighted the need for training and appreciated the role of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Asian Institute of Transport Development. He urged the trainees to focus on the training and hoped that they will be better equipped to develop safer roads in Goa. The Minister highlighted that apart from engineering measures it is necessary to formulate and enforce rule and regulations to promote road safety.

          Principal Chief Engineer, Shri Uttam Parsekar referred to the alarming situation of road safety in India. He highlighted the role of training as one of the important measure to tackle this issue. He mentioned that the Training of Engineers should be done at regular intervals so as to upgrade their skills.

          Director AITD, Shri B N Puri, mentioned Road safety is an issue of serious concern both for the Government and society considering its magnitude and consequent severe negative impact on economy, public health and general welfare of the people particularly low income groups. Considering the significance and multi-disciplinary nature of road safety, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has taken major initiative towards development of National Centre of Road Safety at the Asian Institute of Transport Development (AITD).

          The Asian Institute of Transport Development (AITD) would take up wide range of activities that relate to road safety, road safety engineering, road safety audit, capacity building, etc. One of the important activities relates to training of 4,000 engineers and 1,500 safety audit professionals in issues relating to road safety and road safety audit. The Institute would be responsible for creation of road safety audit accreditation system and its management by National Centre for Road Safety. The Institute in short period has already trained more than 400 professionals in the field of road development.