A few weeks ago four of our friends lost their lives in a horrific car crash on the road to Jaisalmer. A few weeks later another three were victims of a motorcycle crash in our neighboring institution, the Jawaharlal Nehru University. These events have prompted deep introspection on our campus and some of us met last week to discuss what we can do to do move toward safer roads and traffic management in India.
* The following is transcribed here from the petition call on Change.Org at http://goo.gl/DCFspk
At this meeting it was agreed that we should start a campaign to put pressure on the national government to institute policies that control the scourge of deaths, disabilities and injuries resulting from traffic crashes in India. Road accidents cause about 150,000 deaths, 500,000 disabilities, and 3 million hospitalisations every year. This needless and unnecessary carnage on our roads cannot be allowed to continue.
We will send the appeal below to the Prime Minister and all Chief Ministers. Please sign the appeal and help us take this campaign for traffic safety forward. Please forward this appeal to all your friends so that we can make this a broad based national movement.
* See the student petition from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi here at http://goo.gl/5neJYz
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About the IITD:
The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (abbreviated IIT Delhi or IITD) is a public engineering institution located in Delhi, India. The College of Engineering & Technology established in 1961 was declared an Institution of National Importance under the “Institute of Technology (Amendment) Act 1963” and was renamed “Indian Institute of Technology Delhi”. It was then accorded the status of a University with powers to decide its own academic policy, to conduct its own examinations, and to award its own degrees.
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