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Nitin Gadkari Approves Draft GSR Notification To Introduce Bharat NCAP

 Nitin Gadkari Approves Draft GSR Notification To Introduce Bharat NCAP


Nitin Gadkari, the Minister for Road Transport and Highways, has approved the draft notification to introduce Bharat NCAP. This will be an important step forward in improving road safety in India.


Nitin Gadkari Approves Draft GSR Notification To Introduce Bharat NCAP


Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister has given the green signal to the Draft GSR notification to introduce the Bharat NCAP. The NCAP is a national level safety audit programme in India. It will be implemented by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) with assistance from other central agencies.


The objective of the NCAP is to improve road safety by ascertaining the level of safety of roads, vehicle and pedestrians in India. The programme will cover 25 States and Union Territories out of which 10 will be selected for intensive evaluation and five will be pilot states.


Under the proposed scheme, Bharat NCAP would be implemented in six stages beginning with Stage-1 covering 6 States. The remaining four stages will be implemented subsequently. Stage-1 would cover Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.


The Draft GSR notification has been prepared after taking into account various recommendations of the Sachar Committee Report on Social Justice and Empowerment. The NCAP would cover corridors where over 50% of road fatalities occur as well as critical routes which are identified on


Nitin Gadkari Approves Draft GSR Notification To Introduce Bharat NCAP


The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has approved the draft notification to introduce the Bharat NCAP. The national safety performance evaluation system will be implemented from 2020 onwards to promote safety in road transportation. The system will be mandatory for all public and private transport operators across the country. The objective of the system is to create a safe environment for passengers by identifying and addressing areas of concern.


The National Cyber Security Framework (NCSF)


The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the draft National Cyber Security Framework (NCSF) notification, which aims to provide a holistic framework for the management and governance of cyber security in the country. The NCSF will be implemented in three phases, with the first phase set to commence from January 1, 2020. The framework will cover all critical sectors such as public sector enterprises, healthcare, banking and financial institutions, critical infrastructure operators, and mass communication entities. The second phase is slated to commence from January 1, 2024 and focuses on enhancing the cyber resilience of critical sectors. The third phase, which is yet to be specified, envisages expanding the coverage of the NCSF to all domains in India.


The draft NCSF notification was unveiled by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari earlier this year. It has been developed in collaboration with various stakeholders such as the Ministry of Home Affairs, National Informatics Centre, Central Bureau of Investigation, and the Indian Military Police. The aim of the NCSF is to promote a secure digital environment across all sectors of society and enhance national security through better management of cyber threats.


The NCSF is divided into five core pillars: risk management;


The Bharat NCAP


Nitin Gadkari, the Road Transport and Highways Minister has given his approval for the draft GSR notification to introduce Bharat NCAP. The objective of the NCAP is to provide a national safety benchmarking system for road transport operators. The system will be implemented in phases and will include assessment of road safety performance of states and Union Territories. The first phase of the NCAP would focus on assessment of safety performance of states and Union Territories.


The draft notification has been introduced by the Transport Ministry in consultation with the Road Safety Council (RSC). The RSC is an advisory body formed by the government with representatives from various stakeholder organisations including state transport commissioners, railway chiefs, taxi operators, bus operators, truckers’ associations, automobile manufacturers and unions representing transportation workers. The draft notification aims to harmonise different national safety standards applicable to road transport operators across states. It also seeks to develop a common framework for addressing safety concerns across the sector and promote best practices.


Announcing this decision, Gadkari said that the objective of the NCAP was to provide a level playing field for all road transport operators and ensure better safety for passengers. He added that it would help reduce fatalities


Key Features of the Bharat NCAP


Bharat NCAP is a National Centre for Accident Prevention, which will be implemented by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. The aim of the centre is to provide a single platform for sharing information on road safety and to inculcate a culture of road safety in India.


The Bharat NCAP will have three key features:


-A National Safety Database: This will contain data on crashes, injuries and fatalities across different modes of transport.

-A Crash Analysis Tool: This will allow users to analyse crash data and identify problem areas.

-A Safety Education Programme: This will provide training to drivers and passengers on road safety.


Implementation of the Bharat NCAP


The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MRTH) has finally approved the draft GSR notification to introduce Bharat NCAP. The aim of this national safety benchmarking system is to promote safer roads and vehicle fleets across the country. The system will be implemented in stages, starting with heavy vehicles.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Education Foundation (NHTSAF) has been working on the framework for Bharat NCAP since 2014. The implementation process started in 2018 with a consultation paper and a call for proposals. A panel of experts was then formed to develop the guidelines. The draft notification was finalized in March 2019 and sent to MRTH for approval.


Bharat NCAP will have three levels: Level I, Level II, and Level III. At Level I, vehicles will be tested on their ability to meet basic safety requirements such as collision prevention systems, child restraint provisions, and front and side impact tests. Level II will focus on features such as driver assistance systems, airbag deployment, and braking systems. Vehicles that pass at Level II will move onto Level III, which will assess how well they perform in more complex scenarios such as highway collisions with large trucks.


The proposed deadline

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