National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will be delegated power to approve plans for rectifying road design in black spots in an effort to reduce accidents on national highways, minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nithin Gadkari said.
Nithin Gadkari addressing a video conference of Regional Officers of the Ministry and NHAI highlighted the alarmingly high number of road accidents in the country and the resultant fatalities.
Gadkari said that the process of rectifying engineering defects that lead to accidents should be done at a much faster pace than it is being done at present.
He assured Regional Officers that funds would be made available for this work, and that they should assign utmost urgency to rectification of black spots so that valuable lives are not lost to more accidents
Gadkari also reviewed the progress of land acquisition for various road projects.
He emphasized that Regional Officers should coordinate well with the district authorities and make best use of the powers given to them by the Ministry in this regard.