Durgapur News Desk, 29 March 2017: The Director General of Police (DGP), West Bengal, Surajit Kar Purakayastha, held a review meeting with the police superintendents of several districts of South Bengal, CIF and Asansol Durgapur Police Commissionerate (ADPC) at Durgapur today. The various range DIG’s, zonal IGP, IGP (CIF) were also present at the meeting.
Talking to media in Durgapur, Mr. Kar Purakayastha revealed that this was a routine annual review meeting with the South Bengal police district on crime and road accidents. The DGP sounds extremely worried with the recent spurt in the number of road accidents in the state.
He stressed the need to strictly follow and adopt the rules of ‘Safe Drive Safe Life’ programme and the issue of highway safety was also discussed in the meeting elaborately. Officials of the motor vehicles and transport department were also called to the meeting.
Burdwan recorded at least 12 road accidents in the last fortnight claiming 17 lives. In 2015, Burdwan recorded 55 road accidents and in 2016, the figure was 74 on Durgapur Expressway itself, including the prominent folk singer, Kalikaprasad Bhattacharyay
The DGP has directed to monitor the movement on various vehicles on the State and National Highways and said the transport department has provided funds to install close circuit television cameras (CCTV) on important road junctions in the state and buy breath analyzer machines to nab drunk drivers.
“The accident areas have been identified already and will be marked as ‘Black Spot’. Public awareness will be made through public address systems. So far about 50 black spots have been identified in the state”, Mr Kar Purakayastha said.
Ten speed checking cameras have already been installed and 25 more will be installed soon, revealed Mr. Kar Purakayastha. He also discussed about the formation of police districts in the two upcoming new districts of Burdwan (West) and Burdwan (East).