GUWAHATI, Sept 14 - The State Government today claimed that Assam has recorded the lowest number of deaths caused by potholes, speed breakers and humps on roads among all the States of the country in 2014, said an official press release here.
Quoting the Road Accident Report (2014) published by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the State Government has said Assam recorded the lowest deaths (43) caused by potholes, speed breakers and humps on roads. Other States with a high number of casualties on these counts included Karnataka (970), Madhya Pradesh (915), Bihar (867), Tamil Nadu (636), West Bengal (375), Maharashtra (368), Gujarat (280) and Andhra Pradesh (216).
The press release quoted Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi as saying that the improvement in surface communication, road safety measures and streamlining of traffic management have led to steep fall in the number of fatalities on roads. �The report has established the fact that the State�s roads are in better condition compared to big States. Our emphasis has been all along on building the roads infrastructure as the roads constitute the lifelines of the State and help in the State�s economic transformation,� the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister further said that the State Government has taken up a slew of initiatives to build new network of roads, besides repairing and maintenance of the existing roads, including bridges.