GUWAHATI, Jan 10 - Along with the rest of the country, the 27th Road Safety Week got under way in the�city and other parts of Assam today.
During�the course of the week, various activities including processions, car rallies, street plays, health check-up camps and drivers� training camps will be held to bring awareness on the issue of road safety. The main target of the campaign will be the youth and student segments.
The central function held on the occasion at Shraddhanjali Kanan was attended among others, by Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary (Transport) Shyam Lal Mewara, Additional Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu, City Police Commissioner Mukesh Agarwal, Commissioner and Secretary (Transport) Dhruba Hazarika, Kamrup Metro Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu, City Police Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) Pranabjyoti Goswami, District Transport Officer (Registration and Licensing) Gautam Das, Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority Chairman Dhiren Barua, City Mayor Abir Patra and artiste Nani Barpuzari.
In his address, the Chief Secretary stressed the need for adherence to all road safety rules and norms on the part of the vehicle drivers and the road users for checking the disturbing trend of mounting fatalities in road mishaps.
He also said that the authorities needed to be stringent in curbing the menace of drink-driving.
The transport department has made elaborate plans to mark the weeklong occasion from January 10 to January 16 with various activities, including public awareness events and competitions among students.
A number of programmes have been chalked out by the transport department along with the Kamrup Metro district administration, the District Transport Office (DTO) and Regional Transport Authority (RTA), Traffic Police, District Road Safety Committee, NGOs and other departments.
The motto of the Road Safety Week this time is, �Road Safety: Time for Action.�
A drawing competition and slogan writing competition for students were also held after the inaugural ceremony. The winners of the competitions will be given awards during the concluding ceremony on January 16.
According to statistics, 304 people died in 1,124 accidents in the city in 2014. In 2015, police recorded 1,156 accidents in which 303 people died.