Concerned with the number of youth dying in road accidents, the state government has decided to introduce traffic management in the higher secondary school curriculum this academic year. The subject will be made compulsory for students.
Addressing students at a programme organized by Goa legislative secretariat and Goa legislators’ forum and titled ‘management of traffic in Goa’, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said, “We will introduce traffic management in the second term of this year’s curriculum.”
While not making it clear whether there would be an examination for the subject, Parsekar said that the subject will have some weightage. He said children should advise their parents to wear helmets and seatbelts while riding or driving.
Reacting to the increasing number of vehicles in the state, Parsekar said that there is a need to keep a check on the rise in the number of vehicles, but did not elaborate.
While speaking at the function, speaker of Goa legislative assembly Rajendra Arlekar emphasized that need for an exam for the traffic management subject. Arlekar said the subject will help students when they graduate from college.
Leader of opposition Pratapsingh Rane said that road safety should be given top priority as so many people die in road accidents. Rane also said that the state government should see how land can be acquired for widening of roads. Rane also suggested the construction of a six-lane highway from Canacona to Pernem and Panaji to Ponda for smooth flow of traffic on the national highway and reduced travel time.
Rane said that the construction of religious structures along the road has become a money making racket. He criticized the directorate of transport for issuing licences based on influence and not merit, and urged them to come down strictly on traffic violators.