01 Jan 2016

AIR CONDITIONED DRIVER CABINS IN INDIAN BUSES AND TRUCKS MAY BECOME MANDATORY

The Indian centre government has plans to make air-conditioning mandatory in the driver's cabin of buses and trucks. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that with the objective of reducing the number of road accidents, the Centre is mulling various proposals and was going to make air-conditioning mandatory in the driver's cabin of buses and trucks.

Speaking after inauguration of 76th conference of Indian Road Congress here, he said, "Every year around 1.5 lakh people die and three lakh people get injured in road accidents in the country. Around 5 lakh accidents take place every year and we want to curtail this number by at least 50 per cent." He said that attention must be paid to road engineering, otherwise in future we may have to think of registering cases against those who make detailed project reports (DPRs) of roads if a faulty road is found to be reason of the accident.

Talking to reporters later, Gadkari said the Road Transport Ministry has identified accident-prone spots on highways and drafted a Rs 12,000 crore scheme to prevent accidents by improving the condition of the highways.



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