Bhubaneswar: Around 3276 driving licenses have been suspended out of a total number of 4794 drunken driving cases have been detected up to the month of May this year. This was revealed in a review meeting held under the Chairmanship of Development Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary R. Balakrishnan in the secretariat here on Wednesday.
Discussing the High Court’s recorded appreciation in their interim order in the case no-12528 dated 27th June, 2016 for the efforts initiated by Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate to check drunken driving on the roads.
In respect to the court’s order, Development Commissioner directed to intensify the drive and make the initiatives more result oriented. Balakrishnan asked the concerned departments to step up the mobile checking units, highway patrolling and make the actions visible on the roads. Balakrishnan said that road accidents costs human life and property and also creates heavy loss on economy of the State. He directed the Police, Excise and Transport departments to take team actions in missionary spirit to check this menace.
According to sources, a total amount of Rs.51.30 lakh have been collected as compounding fees and fines. The Transport Commissioner Dr C. S. Kumar apprised in the the meeting that RTOs and Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Commissionerate have been supplied with 80 new breath analysers to test drunk drivers. An amount of Rs.15 crores has been budgeted for road safety this year. It was decided to purchase prioritized modern equipments from this fund, Kumar added.
Director General of Police Kunwar Brajesh Singh, Principal Secretary Commerce & Transport Sanjaya Rastogi, Secretary Excise Bishnupada Sethi, Special Secretary Home Lalit Kumar Das, Joint Secretary Finance Roop Narayan Das, Transport Commissioner Dr Chandra Sekhar Kumar, Excise Commissioner along with other senior officers also deliberated in the discussion.