IIT Kharagpur conducts Road Safety Training for the officers of Kolkata Traffic Police & Transport Department, initiating capacity building in road safety through four rounds of training program. The training program was inaugurated yesterday in Police Training School (PTS), Kolkata by Shri V K Goyal, Learned Commissioner of Kolkata Police, in the presence of Prof. V K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur; Shri Hari Kishore Kusumakar, Additional Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, several senior officials of Kolkata Police and experts from IIT Kharagpur. Around 200 officers of Kolkata Police are being trained by the team of faculty members from IIT Kharagpur that includes Prof. Bhargab Maitra, Dr. Arkopal Goswami, Dr. Swati Maitra and Dr. Madhumita Paul.
Prof. Bhargab Maitra, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kharagpur stated, “IIT Kharagpur has been working closely with all related departments and providing them support for reducing road accidents and resulting fatalities. This training is organised, especially keeping in mind the roles and responsibilities of the officers of Kolkata Traffic Police in enhancing road safety scenario in the Kolkata city.”
IIT Kharagpur has been contributing in several areas related to road safety for the state of West Bengal including speed management, emergency responses, enforcement, strategies for handling traffic congestion, innovative traffic control measures etc. A speed management policy and roadmap has been developed by IIT Kharagpur with support from Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) which has already been accepted, in principle, by the Government of West Bengal. IIT Kharagpur has also been entrusted by the Transport Department, Government of West Bengal to develop a Road Safety Vision document and roadmap for reducing road accidents and fatalities in unison with the Transport Department, Police Department, Road Development Department, and Health and Family Welfare Department and Education Department.
Prof. V K Tewari, Director, IIT Kharagpur, remarked, “I am extremely happy to be a part of this inaugural session on Road Safety Training for the Officers of the Kolkata Police. Road safety is a major global, national and regional concern. It is our individual as well as collective responsibility to do our best for reducing road crashes and other resulting fatalities. The speed management policy and roadmap will be instrumental in addressing safety issues due to over speeding and mitigating the results to road fatalities. The present training program is focused on several key aspects of speed management and implementation of emergency responses identifying risk prone areas around the city. This program will act as a protocol guideline for an organized traffic system. IIT Kharagpur has been involved in several capacities with nearly all related organisations for improving the transportation systems of Kolkata and the team of Kolkata traffic police for the grand success of this training programme which will be beneficial to the Kolkata Police to improve road safety issues of the city.”
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