Shillong, Jun 5: The Meghalaya Cabinet today approved the “Meghalaya State Road Safety Policy”, in order to reduce accident and mortality rates.
Last year alone, road accidents had claimed the lives of 204 persons which included 173 male and 31 female, while 372 persons were injured, 277 male and 95 female.
According to Meghalaya Transport Minister, H.D.R. Lyngdoh, the policy aimed at reducing the level of deaths and injuries in road accidents to half by 2020.
While announcing measures to be taken under the policy, Lyngdoh said that under the policy, the government would create a state road safety fund with an initial corpus of Rs 3 crore. The objective of strengthening road safety and implementation of road safety measures is through funding of respective state sectors concerned and Central government or any other source. The government would also ensure the establishment of Motor Accident Claims Tribunals in adequate numbers.