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- Monday, March 18, 2013 - From Print Edition




The Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) was taking every possible measure to curb traffic accidents in the city, said Administrator Karachi Syed Hashim Raza Zaidi on Sunday.


Road Safety Audit Task Force has been set up to point out risky locations and make them safe for citizens, he said while addressing a meeting to take stock of traffic accidents, their resolution and introducing new traffic schemes.


The administrator directed the KMC Transport and Communications Department to make concerted efforts to curb traffic accidents in the city.


The meeting decided that Road Safety Programmes would be introduced in schools and the road safety principles would be included in the syllabus. Schoolchildren would be given practical training to handle traffic risks and their prevention.


Road safety parks would be set up at Bagh Ibn-e-Qasim, Safari Park and the Karachi zoo to educate the children on road safety rules while playing.


Besides, the UN programme “Decade of action for road safety 2010-20” would be implemented and Road Safety Week would be celebrated in May in collaboration with Road Traffic Injury Research Centre in order to provide information about road safety and create awareness among the citizens.


Hashim Raza asked the transport department to develop close liaison with the traffic police that should force the people to follow traffic rules.


The meeting decided to install streetlights on the roads as well as removing other causes of traffic accidents on different locations like Sharea Faisal, Korangi Expressway, MA Jinnah Road, Rashid Minhas Road, Liaquatabad and Korangi Industrial Area.


It also decided to prepare an audit report and take effective measures to curb traffic accidents.


During the meeting, the Road Traffic Injury Research and Prevention Centre’s representative presented a report that contained statistics of traffic accidents, traffic risks and the combined efforts being made by the KMC and the traffic injury research centre.


Road Traffic Injury Research and Prevention Centre Principal Investigator Dr Rasheed Juma said that the institute was collecting statistics on traffic accidents from five large hospitals of the city and the efforts of Road Safety Audit Task Force for curbing the traffic accidents in the city were worth admiring.


Sr Director Muhammad Ather spoke about the performance of Road Safety Audit Task Force and the details of Road Safety Educational Programmes at schools.


Deputy Commissioner (Central) Dr Saif-ur-Rehman, former IG Traffic Police Asad Jahangir, Prof Dr Meer Shabbar Ali, Sr Director HRM Shoaib Waqar and officers from Traffic Police, Motorway Police and KMC attended the meeting.