Nagpur: The Union Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday blamed faulty road engineering for higher number of road accidents. “A network of roads is being constructed in massive scale across the country. However, the DPR (Detail Project Report) through which the roads are being built is riddled with tremendous flaws. The engineers prepare the DPR sitting in their cozy homes,” Gadkari lamented blaming the engineering faults for road mishaps.
Gadkari was speaking after inaugurating the 79th annual conference of Indian Road Congress (IRC) at Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was also present. Experts from India and world are attending the IRC conference being held fourth time in city. Others present on the occasion include Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, and other dignitaries. A souvenir and various journals and code books were released at the hands of guests on the occasion.
“The road engineering is full of errors. Turnings are not proper, branches of trees creating hurdles are some of the flaws. Road accidents and casualties caused by them are rising unabated. That over 3 lakh people have been rendered handicapped is grim reality. We have failed to save 50 percent of accident victims. Hundreds of mishaps take place at one spot. This is unfortunate,” Gadkari said.
The Union Minister further said, “For one faulty turning, 150 people had to lose their lives. This has happened in the country. Over 5 lakh accidents on roads have killed more than 1.50 lakh people including 65 percent of youngsters in the age group of 18-35. This dreadful reality puts the country in shame in the world,” Gadkari stated.