‘Road accident deaths highest in State’


43,108 lives were lost in 1,35,713 road accidents during the last three years, says Minister


 HYDERABAD: As many as 43,108 lives were lost in 1,35,713 road accidents during the last three years in the State, Home Minister P. Sabitha Indra Reddy informed the Assembly during Question Hour on Friday.

Replying to a question by P. Venkata Rathnaiah (TDP) and others, she said 4,887 accident prone spots have been identified. Geometrical corrections have been taken up and completed in 2,476 spots and they were in progress in 413 spots. Geometrical corrections in the remaining spots would be taken up in a phased manner.

Admitting that it was “painful” that the State topped in the deaths caused by road mishaps.

Tourists centres soon

Replying to another question by P. Mahender Reddy (TDP), Tourism Minister J. Geetha Reddy said that 31 new Tourist Centres were being set up in the State with assistance from Government of India and State Government. The Tourist Centre at Ananthagiri in Ranga Reddy district would be ready by May this year. The facilities at Ananthagiri include entry plaza, restaurant, 36-room accommodation, amphitheatre, ayurveda and yoga centre, adventure activity centre and gymnasium.

Water crisis

Minister for Rural Water Supply, P.Viswaroop told J. Ranga Reddy (CPI-M) that the government had earmarked Rs.39 crore under contingency plan to supply water in areas facing shortage this summer. Many places were facing water scarcity due to deficit rainfall ranging from 20 per cent to 50 per cent. The ground water table went down by 10 metres in nine districts. He said that transportation of drinking water was being done in 114 habitations and private agriculture sources were hired in 120 habitations to tackle drinking water problem.

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