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World Bank endorses $358m for safer roads

Staff Correspondent
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World Bank today endorsed $358 million to assist Bangladesh to improve road safety and lessen facilities and injuries from road accidents on selected high-risk highways and district roads.

The project will assist Bangladesh to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on road safety by 2030, according to a press release.

On two national highways – N4 'Gazipur-Elenga' and N6 'Natore to Nawabganj' – the project will pilot comprehensive road safety measures, including further developed designing plans, marking, and checking, passerby offices, speed implementation, and crisis care.

These measures will help reduce road traffic deaths by more than 30% on these two highways, World Bank hoped.

"Road accidents are the leading cause of permanent disability and the fourth leading cause of children's death. They disproportionately affect poor families.

For Bangladesh, improving road safety is a critical economic and development priority," said Mercy Tembon, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan.

"This is the first dedicated road safety project in South Asia upheld by the World Bank.

It will help Bangladesh develop a comprehensive program to improve road safety management and minimize tragic loss of human lives."

The project will also undertake road safety pilots in selected metropolitan areas and district roads. It will help modernize the capacity of the Traffic Police and highway patrol to manage speed and prevent risky road user behavior by instilling a combination of automated enforcement systems, such as CCTVs, electronic messaging, and physical measures to slow down traffic speed, including patrol vehicles and crash scene clearing equipment. and actual measures to dial back traffic speed, including watching vehicles and crash scene clearing hardware.

It will offer preparation to clinical suppliers on injury care and assist with creating norms, conventions, and functional arrangements for crisis clinical consideration administrations.

A crash database and implement integrated traffic management and incident detection system will be created under the project.

ICT frameworks will support the integration of existing information systems and databases of vehicle registration, driver licensing, and installments. The project will undertake campaigns to create road safety awareness and behavioral change.
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