On 14 November, IndiaRAP, a locally led, globally supported road assessment programme for India will be launched at the 18th IRF World Road Meeting in Delhi.
Road safety stakeholders are cordially invited to attend the launch and iRAP’s special session on Safer Roads: Global and Indian Success, as well as visiting iRAP’s booth in the exhibition.
iRAP’s special session will be held from 2.30 – 4.00pm on Tuesday and will include the following presentations:
- The UN Road Safety Fund and the role of 3-star or better roads – Mr Jean Todt, FIA President & UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety
- Saving Lives on scale: Global iRAP partnerships & success stories – Mr Rob McInerney, CEO, iRAP
- Address by Chief Guest – Sh Amit Kumar Ghosh, Joint Secy. (LA,EAP zone), MoRTH, Govt. of India
A Panel Session on Setting Standards for Safer Roads will follow with:
- Mr Jigesh Bhavsar, IndiaRAP Technical Manager
- Mr Sanjay Nirmal, Secretary General, Indian Roads Congress
- Mr Nick Koukoulas, CEO, Austroads
- Mr Samir Raval, Roads & Building Department, Government of Gujarat
- Mr Luke Rogers, Global Quality Manager, iRAP
And finally the milestone launch of IndiaRAP involving:
- Mr B.N. Puri, Asian Institute of Transport Development
- Mr Jigesh N. Bhavsar, IndiaRAP Technical Manager
- Mr Shane O’Connor, Communications Advisor, FedEx Global Citizenship
Hosted by the Asian Institute of Transport Development (AITD), with sponsorship from FedEx Express, the IndiaRAP programme aims to tackle the highest risk roads around the country in partnership with national and state agencies. The programme will be led by local experts, using local research and local resources, supported by the global iRAP network with experts across the more than 80 countries.
iRAP CEO Mr Rob McInerney said the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways reports that 1,50,785 people were killed on the roads in India in 2016.
“This equates to 17 deaths every hour. As well as the vast personal cost, the economic cost of road crashes is estimated at over 3% of national GDP every year.
“The launch of IndiaRAP is a significant win for Indian road safety with potential to save lives on scale through 3-star or better road infrastructure improvements across the country’s road network. It is significant at both a country and global level to the attainment of the UN SDG goal to halve road deaths and injuries by 2020,” he said.
We look forward to this important milestone launch and hope you can join us!