IRAD Project Launched In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of Independence Day, an Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) mobile and web application Project of Odisha was launched by Padmanabha Behera, Commerce and Transport Minister on Sunday.

An initiative of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) supported by the World Bank, the application will enable collection of accident data on the spot. This will help in analyzing causes of road accidents and help reduce fatalities across the country.

Speaking at the launch, Behera said, “The programme is aimed at maintaining the national database of road accidents .The app will help to establish an accurate and uniform accident data collection mechanism towards improving road safety in the State.”

The system would represent the analysis output through monitoring & reporting dashboard & analytics dashboard for easy understanding and accordingly forecasting & decision making by apex authorities for formulation of new policies & strategies.

Speaking on the occasion, Madhu Sudan Padhi, Principal Secretary, Commerce and Transport Department said “These descriptions will assist the government in bringing about reforms in driving rules, the conditions of the road, ensuring safety measures on district roads and highways and creating conditions for prompt disposal of road accident registered cases.”

The app will enable the stakeholders such as the Police, Transport, PWD, and NHAI to use their mobile phones to collect accident data on the spot and facilitate timely exchange of information. National Informatics Centre (NIC) has appointed District Roll Out Manager (DRM) in every district for implementation and training of this application.

During the welcome address, Arun Bothra, Transport Commissioner, Odisha said Transport department is focused at launching citizen centric service and effective road safety education initiatives.

Among others, Kabita Roy Das, DDG & SIO, NIC Odisha State Centre and Dr A Mohan, STD and Project Director, IRAD, NIC, Chennai and Manoranjan Lodha, Addl. Comm. Transport (Tech.) were present on the occasion.

Apart from Odisha, the project was launched in Chattisgarh, Kerala, Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana on Sunday.