Bhubaneswar: The National Road Safety Week has been observed here in the city to spread awareness about traffic rules, First Aid, and emergency support. The objective is to achieve the Zero Accident goal that the Chief Minister Shri Naveen Patnaik has set for the entire state.
The observance was held, launched and the ‘padyatra’ and auto rally were flagged off from near the railway station. Mayor Shri Ananta Narayan Jena, Deputy Commissioner of Police Shri Anup Sahu (IPS), Special Secretary and Officer Special Duty (OSD) of the Odisha State Planning Board Odisha Shri Sujeet Kumar, Chairperson of Odisha Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board Shri Subhas Singh, General Secretary of Bhubaneswar Auto Mahasangha Shri Padman Kumar Samal and other leading representatives of Auto Mahasanghs joined the inauguration at the Master Canteen area. The speakers focused on the need for safe and secure driving and urged for more soft skills training and awareness of rules and procedures involved in traffic safety.
The street theater artists dressed as Lord Yamraj, the god of death and his deputy Shri Chitragupta sang songs in favor of safe driving and warned that he does not have any more space in yamlok to admit new souls as the deaths caused by driving are increasing exponentially. Their team of artists danced to songs that highlighted the dangers of drunk driving and beauty of safe driving.
The participants undertook a road safety walk from railway station to the traffic police station near the Soochana Bhavan. Other dignitaries including the traffic experts and traffic police personnel joined the auto drivers in the auditorium hall of the police station. The more serious discussion on policy and legal aspects of road safety were undertaken here by leaders, government representatives, police officers and community workers.
A unique health camp comprising of free eye and dental check-ups was organized by Kalinga Kusum Volunteers with active support from SUM Hospital and the Traffic Police Department. All auto drivers were encouraged to check up and get a free diagnosis and prescription for dental and eye-related problems. Kaling Kusum’s Swati Tanmaya Mishra, Siddhartha Mohanty, Kapura Soren, Lalit Patro, Bijaylaxmi Mohanty and Kamala Kanta Dash extended their support to the event. SJ Developers and Radhakrishna Institute of Technology and Engineering (RITE) extended sponsorship support to this novel and noble initiative.