Port Blair, June 14: To address the growing need for accessible and efficient transport services, Transport Department organized a ‘Road Safety Awareness Camp’ at Manglutan Community Hall yesterday, in co-ordination with PRIs, local citizens, Police, Education, Health Departments and other stakeholders. The aim of the event was to provide on the spot services and to address the issues related to Motor Vehicle Department alongwith creating awareness about road safety among road users.

The event was inaugurated by the chief guest, Dr. Jatinder Sohal, Director (Transport). Besides appealing to all road users to follow traffic laws in true spirit, he requested the gathering to assimilate and share knowledge on road safety with others. He emphasized that the awareness on road safety should mainly be inculcated among youngsters, so that they are not influenced by social media and get involved in traffic violation. He stressed that road safety is an important issue that should be talked about & should be cultivated in nature & family as one fatal accident causes untold sufferings to the whole family of the deceased. Concluding his address, he requested the villagers to share their grievances and suggestions towards the services provided by Transport Department which will promptly be addressed.

The Deputy Director (Transport), welcomed the gathering and highlighted the importance of traffic laws. He advised the citizens to follow the traffic rules to bring down road accident fatalities in the UT.

MVI (Transport Department) talked about the importance of 3-Es (Education, Engineering & Enforcement) in road safety. He also informed about the recent guidelines issued by MoRTH on compensation to the victims of hit & run cases. Speaking on the occasion, the SHO, Humfrygunj informed about traffic fines/penalties and shared valuable knowledge on various provisions of the amended Motor Vehicle Act 2019/ Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita/IPC. The Sub Inspector (Traffic) highlighted the issues of drunken driving and traffic safety.

Awareness on basic first aid kit and treatment was imparted by Health Department. Shri Prakash Adhikari, Member Zilla Parishad, and PRIs lauded the services of Transport Department and expressed gratitude to Transport Department on behalf of the residents of the area for conducting the program.     The event included activities such as drawing and quiz competition for children, issuance of learner’s license, fitness inspection of vehicles, ATR buses tickets, permit related services and medical checkups for aspiring applicants for learner’s licenses. During the camp, around 250 persons availed the services of Motor Vehicles Department and cash prizes were awarded to the winners of drawing/quiz competition.

With this event, the Transport Department has taken a significant step towards bringing transport services at the doorsteps of citizens and promoting road safety awareness among the general public.