e-Safety Programme in IndiaPartners:AITS, India & ERTICO Presented by: Amitabh Bajpai President, AITS India International Cooperation Working Group Session
The urgency to plan and manage transportation more coherently, with more defined goals and common objectives is being understood by the government now.
All govt. departments related to transportation in India are presently finalizing plans, policies and strategies to ensure safety, efficiency and sustainability of moving people and goods, optimize asset management and harmonise cohere technology developments.
Urbanization is happening at a very fast rate, posing immense challenges to urban authorities to plan and manage transportation with great flexibility and scalability.The percentage decadal growth of population in urban areas during the decade is 31.2 percent respectively.
The Govt. has pledged connectivity to all rural and remote areas in India within the next five years, through the Prime Minister’s Gram Sadak Yojana (Prime Minister’s Rural Roads Programme)
National Highways Development Programme is in full swing. With a total length of 33 lakh km, the road network of India was one of the largest in the world, second only to the United States.
The Govt. has identified transport and infrastructure as first priority, with rail, ports, aviation and river interlinking allocated handsome budgets to move India forward – fast with telecom IT as the backbone.
Yet this rapid development has also given rise to the worst problems related to traffic accidents, congestion and environmental pollution.
ØAbout 80,000 people die on Indian roads each year – one of the highest in the world. Ø Delhi, Kanpur, Agra are among some of the most polluted cities in the world, giving dramatic rise to asthma and bronchial diseases among the citizens, particularly infants and children Ø At the present rate of growth, it is estimated that speeds on Delhi roads of motorized traffic will fall to 5 km/hour!
But with integrated, coherent planning, a powerful pool of trained professionals in IT, engineers and telecom, India has the potential to align its development to the 21st century to address these problems.
Therefore, the e-Safety programme signed between AITS, India and Ertico couldn’t have come at a better time. It was signed in the presence of the Indian Minister for Science & Technology, Shri Kapil Sibal during the 7th Asia-Pacific Conference & Exhibition in August this year
The following areas are proposed to be taken up under the e-Safety programme: 1. Accident causation data collection, management and analysis Agencies involved: Delhi Traffic Police, Ministry for Road Transport & Highways, Dept. for Heavy Industry, Ministry for Science & Technology, Institute for Urban Transport, IRTE
2. Vehicle Safety: vehicle-infrastructure cooperation, autonomous safety systems, human-machine interface, probe vehicles Agencies involved: Dept. for Heavy Industry (NATRIP), ARAI, MoRTH, Ministry of Telecom, Ministry of Science & Technology, AIMTC, SIAM, ACMA, AA
3. Highway Safety: Emergency Operations, road & traffic information, rail crossings, speed monitoringAgencies involved: MoRTH, NHAI, RTO
4. Urban transport: mixed traffic management, support systems for pedestrian, cyclists, non-motorised vehicles and motorized two-wheelers, traveler information systems; parking; VIP movement, handicap and vulnerable user (children, aged, women, sick) support and access, emergency operations; strengthening multi-modal connections, public transport bus priority; Agencies involved: Ministry for Urban Development, State Govts on specific programmes – Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, etc.
5. Rural transport: hill driving safety; handicap and vulnerable user support and access, Agencies involved: Ministry for Rural Development, NRRDA, state bus authorities on specific programmes
6. Commercial Vehicle Operations: driver support systems, road & traffic information systems, Agencies involved: MoRTH, DHI, AIMTC
7. Environmental Monitoring: realtime monitoring of vehicular pollution, Agencies involved: Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Health
8. Harmonising Policies to realize maximum safety: initiating policy and policy instrument analysis; international case studies dissemination – what has worked and what hasn’t and why, best possibilities for IndiaAgencies involved: Planning Commission, CRRI
9. Commonwealth Games: Using CWG for demonstration projects and pilot programmes Agencies involved: Delhi Govt, Delhi Transport Dept, other Delhi development agencies, like PWD, MCD, DDA, etc.; Ministry for Urban Development, Olympic Games Organsiation
10. Public Awareness: AITS, India publishes a bi-monthly magazine, ITS India News, which goes out primarily to government depts. and decision-makers in India.
We will promote greater awareness of safety issues through ITS India News, as well through other mainstream newspapers and magazines to involve more public opinion for safety in India.