Stakeholders’ Consultation in West Bengal – “Strengthening Road Safety, to Save Precious Lives on Roads”

Consumer VOICE along with its state partner, Honcho Tech for Good Foundation organised a state level workshop in Kolkata on “Strengthening Road Safety, to Save Precious Lives on Roads in West Bengal” on 8th October.

The workshop was joined by dignitaries including Shri Arindam Mani (WBCS, EXE) Addl. Secretary Transport Department, Govt of WB, Smt Santi Sen Das (WBPS), Addl. Special Superintendent, WB Police, Shri Priyanjan Das (WBCS, EXE) Dy. Managing Director, WB Transport Corporation, Dr. Abhik Ghosh, Senior Consultant ENT & Head Neck Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals Kolkata, Secretary, Protect The Warriors; Secretary, IMA Salt Lake City, Shri Swapnomoy Chakraborty, Renowned Bengali Novelist, Shri Indranil Dasgupta, Director social Initiatives, Honcho, and Shri Ashim Sanyal, COO, Consumer VOICE where experts discussed challenges and how to strengthen road safety in the state and MVAA 2019.

Smt. Santi Sen Das, WBPS (Addl. Special Superintendent, West Bengal Police) while emphasising on the importance of collaborative efforts towards road safety said that  “It is a high time that people should realise the need for taking road safety measures not only for themselves but also for the society. Each individual in this society should inculcate road safety culture in their mind and actions. Then only the mortality and accident ratio can be controlled. No more nike Circus in the city and districts can be tolerated,”

Dr. Abhik Ghosh (Senior Consultant ENT and Head Neck Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals Kolkata; Secretary, Protect The Warriors; Secretary, IMA Salt Lake City) talked about Good Samaritan Law .He said that “Every individual of this state should be made aware about the Good Samaritan Law as it will give them an insight how to act cohesively during any accidents. They should be imbibed with proper knowledge how to handle an accident patient if anything occurs in the road. Neglecting the situation and ignoring the patients will cause harm for every citizen in our society if they don’t practise this habit because nobody knows when they will face such an incident in their life.”

Shri.Priyanjan Das, WBCS, EXE (Dy. Managing Director, West Bengal Transport Corporation)  discussed about various road safety measures adopted by the West Bengal Transport Corporation .He highlighted about  various Capacity Building Trainings with the Bus Drivers to decrease Road accidents and to provide basic life support to the victims. He spoke about maintenance aspect by and told that WBTC always maintains their buses, so that mechanical fault shouldn’t be the cause of road accident and fatalities.”

Shri. Swapnomoy Chakraborty (Renowned Bengali Novelist) emphasised on role of citizens and said that “People should utilise their senses and give priorities to the Road Safety Education by not ignoring their common duties as a good citizen of Kolkata. Then only the City and the Districts can able to enforce Road Safety Measures more effectively.”

Shri Ashim Sanyal discussed about various provisions of MVAA 2019 and gave practical examples of other states where MVAA 2019 is implemented. Shri Indronil Dasgupta made presentation about current road safety scenario.

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