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CM Uddhav Thackeray announces fund to reduce road mishaps


CM Uddhav Thackeray announces fund to reduce road mishaps
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has announced a new fund that will help the police or the RTO (Regional Transport Office) acquire technologies or infrastructure to reduce road mishaps and accidents in the state. These funds may also be used to improve existing roads in the state. 

Thackeray compared India’s growing number of road mishaps and deaths with China, which has seen a dramatic fall in its annual road mishaps. He also mentioned that India’s numbers have only gone up, suggesting that there’s a need to take action immediately. Annual road mishaps touched 1.5 lakh in India as of recently, he added. 

It’s worth pointing out that road accidents dropped by 18% in Mumbai between January to October 2019 compared to the same period in 2018. This indicates that progress has been made on this front by the traffic authorities as well as the citizens. 

As per the report published in December 2019, road mishaps dropped by 10% in the same period. Areas like Thane and Navi Mumbai, on the other hand, saw a dip of 17% and 13% respectively. 

MoS for Transport, Satej Patil has mentioned that the government needs to prioritize the funding of civic bodies so that signals and signages can be updated and/or improved.

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