The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) is working on plan with IIT Bombay for conducting a course on road safety as they are concerned about the increasing number of highway accidents.
According to reports, from 2002 to 2014 there have been over 14500 accidents in accident prone zones on Mumbai-Pune Expressway which have claimed the lives of nearly 1400 people.
Certified course to be conducted by IIT Bombay Joint Managing Director, Kiran Kurundkar said that
"road safety is not given much importance during the engineering curriculum.""The subject of road safety finds very less importance in the curriculum of engineers. It is not given much importance and IIT Bombay felt that this gap should be bridged by conducting a certificate course on road safety to train the government engineers. However, the details are yet to be decided on the same."
Negligence in the matter of safety
Alok Datta, transport expert, commented on the lack of safety education as he said, "When road is designed there isn't much concern for the safety but rather on speed. There is a need to lay emphasis on the road safety."
"The MSRDC, being a road construction body needs to pay more attention to the road safety at the construction stage itself. The awareness of the road safety level is so bad that whatever one does about it is good." He further added.