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Scientific analysis of accident database to stop road accidents

The Government of India recently launched a central accident database management system that will help in analysing causes of road accidents and in devising safety interventions to reduce such accidents in the country.

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) has developed the IT tool, named Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) scheme and it will be implemented by the National Informatics Centre. The cost of the project is Rs 258 crore and is being supported by the World Bank. This will be piloted in 59 districts of six States including Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra that have the highest fatalities from road accidents. This system will be implemented across the country based on the learning from these States.

IRAD was inaugurated by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. MoRTH minister said that around 30,000 tablets would be distributed to police personnel across the country to record data on accidents.

Police personnel will enter the details of the road accidents with photos and videos on IRAD and the officials of the Public Works Department or other departments will visit the accident site, examine it and will give their report. The IIT-M team will analyse the collected data and will suggest if road design has to be altered etc.

Rajasthan Transport department secretary and commissioner Ravi Jain said that the IRAD scheme has been started in four districts of Rajasthan from February 15, 2021 at Jaipur, Jodhpur, Alwar and Ajmer He said that this scheme will be started across the State from March 15, 2021. “The State Government will be able to understand the reasons for accidents with the IRAD scheme and will be able to find solutions to the problems at the earliest,” he added.

Elaborating further, Jain said that two police personnel of each police station in the concerned district have been appointed under this scheme, who will find the reasons by going to the accident spot and will upload the data on IRDA mobile application. An ID will be generated from this data of accidents, on which the personnel of the transport, health and public works department will give their report. Online registry of the database will be done for making a policy and an action plan and to put effective control on road accidents and deaths due to them. Jain said that scientific analysis and real time monitoring of the database will be done.

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