The ministry is also working on several new traffic accident prevention programs, along with engineering institutes such as the Indian Technology Institutes and the National Technology Institutes across the country.New Delhi: The Ministry of Roads and Highways is working on a program to provide immediate treatment to those injured in accidents on national highways across the country.

The ministry is planning an improved mechanism that will notify the police and emergency services immediately in the event of an accident. The establishment of an ambulance equipped with a global positioning system to transport the victims to the nearest hospital is ensured.

Similarly, the ministry is working with engineering institutes such as the Indian Technology Institutes and the National Technology Institutes across the country on several new traffic accident prevention programs.

Giridhar Aramane, secretary of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, said that an emergency road safety mechanism is currently being worked on. “Immediate treatment of injured people in traffic accidents will be possible when the police, ambulances and hospitals are connected via a single network. This will also help with relief and rescue work.”

The ministry is working on the exchange of information in real time and on cashless treatment of the injured. Talks on this with the Ministry of Health are ongoing.

According to official information, following the strict implementation of the Motor Vehicle Act in September 2019, there has been a significant decrease in the number of accidents across the country by over 3.86 percent. In 2019 there were a total of 4.49,002 traffic accidents in which 1.51,113 people were killed.

The ministry believes that fear of large fines, among other measures, has deterred people from breaking traffic rules. However, India is still one of those countries where traffic accidents are high.

The ministry is currently working on the integrated traffic accident project with the help of the World Bank.

According to the ministerial officials, the cashless treatment regimen will greatly benefit the families concerned. Sources said that after the program starts, treatment of up to Rs 2.5 lakh will be free for accident victims.