Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday blamed faulty project reports for some road accidents and stressed that companies need proper training to prepare detailed project reports for the construction of highways and other roads.
The Minister of Road Transport and Highways said that the government is promoting the use of new technologies.
“Some of the DPRs (Detailed Project Reports) prepared by companies are the worst and are responsible for road accidents,” Gadkari, who is known for his outspoken views, said at an event here.
He stressed on the need to organize training programs for the companies preparing the DPRs.
“Shuruwat wahan se karo. Agar woh sudhrenege Nahi, to poor Mihara satyanash ho jayega (Beginning should be made from DPR. If the companies preparing DPRs do not improve, the problem will reoccur),” he said.
In a light-hearted manner, the minister said that even a new Mercedes car can cause problems in the hands of an unskilled driver.
Gadkari stressed identifying the reasons for the delay in road projects as the rising cost of construction due to delay is also a significant concern.
Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry died in a road accident on Sunday when his car rammed into a divider in Maharashtra’s Palghar district.
According to National Crime Records Bureau data, over 1.55 lakh people lost their lives in road accidents across India in 2021 – an average of 426 daily or 18 every hour – the highest recorded in any calendar year so far.
The report of the NCRB, which works under the Ministry of Home Affairs, showed that the number of deaths due to accidents reached its highest level last year, while the number of road accidents and injured people decreased compared to the previous years.