Authorities issued over 1.98 crore of traffic worth Rs 1,898.73 crore in 2021: Gadkari: The Tribune India


New Delhi, March 24

Authorities have issued over 1.98 crore challans worth Rs 1,898.73 crore for traffic offenses across the country in the calendar year 2021, parliament was informed on Thursday.

In a written response to the Lok Sabha, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said 2,15,328 cases of road rage and reckless driving were reported in 2021, according to the government’s centralized database.

According to data provided by the minister, Delhi saw the highest number of challans at 71,89,824, followed by challans from Tamil Nadu (36,26,037) and Kerala (17,41,932).

Authorities issued over 40 lakh challans worth Rs 417 crore for traffic violations across the country between January 1 and March 15, 2022, Gadkari said.

To improve road safety and tighten traffic rules such as issuing driving licenses and imposing tougher penalties for violations, Parliament passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill on August 5, 2019. ) of 2019.

President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the bill on August 9, 2019.

The minister also said that while the number of traffic offenses under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988 before (between 1 February 2017 and 31 August 2019) the implementation of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019 was 13,872,098, the number of cases after (1 September 2019 to February 2022) the implementation of the Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Act 2019 was 48 518,314.

Gadkari said his ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to address the problem of road safety, based on education, engineering (both roads and vehicles), law enforcement and urgent Care.

Responding to a separate question, he said 553 national highway projects with a length of 10,964 km were awarded in 2020-21.

The expenditure incurred for the ongoing works of the National Highway (NH) projects in 2020-2021 stood at Rs 1,53,240 crore, Gadkari added.

According to the minister, contributions received under the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) mode in 2020-2021 amounted to Rs 12,476 crore.

It has been estimated that 4,076 man-days of work are created for every kilometer of road built, he noted.

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