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State Road Safety Council for the State of West Bengal

Governor is hereby pleased to constitute the State Road Safety Council for the State of West Bengal to deal with all aspects relevant to the road safety.

Published in Transport

Government of West Bengal
Transport Department
Paribahan Bhawan
12, R.N. Mukherjee Road, Kolkata – 700 001

No. 1083-WT/TR/P/3M(RS)-6/14(Pt-I) Date: 23.03.2015

NOTIFICATION

WHEREAS, the State of West Bengal is required to form a State Road Safety Council in terms of Section 215(2) of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988;

AND, WHEREAS, the State of West Bengal is also required to form a District Road Safety Committee for each district of the State in terms of Section 215(3) of the said Act;

AND, WHEREAS, the State of West Bengal has already formulated and notified the West Bengal Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989 as required under the provisions of the aforesaid Act;

AND, WHEREAS, Rules 356, 357 and 358 of the West Bengal Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 have stipulated the functions (objects and purposes), scope for creation of Sub-committees, etc.;

AND, WHEREAS, there has been massive increase in the vehicle population in the State as well as in the number of driving licenses issued;

AND, WHEREAS, the question of ensuring road safety is of paramount importance with the road safety issue being a multifaceted and multidimensional phenomenon requiring coordinated approach to deal with;

AND, WHEREAS, all the stakeholders connected with road safety have to be involved for achieving the targeted objective in this regard;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Governor, in supersession of all previous Notifications/Orders in this regard, is hereby pleased to constitute the State Road Safety Council for the State of West Bengal to deal with all aspects relevant to the road safety in the following manner and with the composition mentioned:

COMPOSITION

1. Chief Secretary, West Bengal Chairman
2. Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, GoWB Member
3. Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Planning, GoWB Member
4. Additional Chief Secretary, Power & NES, GoWB Member
5. Additional Chief Secretary, Information Technology & Electronics Deptt, GoWB Member
6. Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Department, GoWB Member
7. Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department, GoWB Member
8. Principal Secretary, Public Health Engineering Department, GoWB Member
9. Principal Secretary, Panchayat & Rural Development Deptt. GoWB Member
10. Principal Secretary, Transport Department, GoWB Member Secretary
11. Principal Secretary, PWD, GoWB Member
12. Principal Secretary, Finance Department, Government of West Bengal Member
13. Principal Secretary, Information & Cultural Affairs Deptt., GoWB Member
14. Principal Secretary, Municipal Affairs Department, GoWB Member
15. Principal Secretary, Technical Education & Training Department, GoWB Member
17. Principal Secretary, School Education Department, GoWB Member
18. Municipal Commissioner, Kolkata Municipal Corporation Member
19. Additional Secretary, Transport Department, Govt. of West Bengal Additional Member Secretary
20. Director General & inspector General of Police, West Bengal Member
21. Addl. D. G. & Inspector General of Police, Traffic, West Bengal Member
22. Chief Executive Officer, KMDA Member
23. Commissioner of Police, Kolkata Member
24. Commissioner of Police, Bidhannagar Member
25. Commissioner of Police, Barrackpore Member
26. Commissioner of Police, Siliguri Member
27. Commissioner of Police, Howrah Member
28. Commissioner of Police, Asansol-Durgapur Member

The Governor is further pleased to direct that the Chairman of the Council shall have the powers to co-opt as Member of the Council any person/official/expert/ chief of any entity who he/she considers eminently suitable to contribute to the functioning of the Council.

The terms of reference of the Council in addition to those already detailed in the aforementioned Rules will be as under:

Terms of reference

i. To ensure formulation of a State Road Safety Policy and to oversee its implementation;

ii. To oversee and monitor the steps for acquiring traffic (safety) furniture such as road dividing instruments and equipment such as alcometers, speed guess, interceptors, CCTV Cameras etc. for detecting traffic violators;

iii. To oversee and monitor the steps in the matter of strengthening patrolling of roads, especially the National Highways and State Highways, as well as to direct adoption of such engineering measures as are necessary on those roads to reduce accidents;

iv. To oversee and monitor the steps for removal of hoardings and objects that obstruct driving or distract drivers;

v. To oversee and monitor the measures for removal of encroachments on pedestrian paths and make those paths available for the use of the pedestrians;

vi. To give policy directions for putting in place such necessary measures as are considered proper including setting up of sensor based computerised tracks to test the driving skills for issue of licenses;

vii. To oversee and monitor the preparation of a roadmap for achieving the targeted reduction in the number of road accidents by 50% in the State by the year 2020;

viii. To oversee and monitor implementation of the directions of the GOI on the matters of road safety issued from time to time;

ix. To take such necessary steps for the purpose of ensuring road safety all over the State as may be considered appropriate.

This comes into force with immediate effect.

By order of the Governor

SD/- SANJAY MITRA
Chief Secretary, West Bengal

No. 1083-WT dated 23.03.2015