The program has been initiated by SITIS (Sweden-India Transport Innovation & Safety Platform) and fronted by ARAI and Swedish Transport Administration, Vision Zero Academy.
Conducted under the aegis of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India and supported by Ministry of Infrastructure, Sweden, the program ‘Road to Vision Zero’ has been initiated by SITIS (Sweden-India Transport Innovation & Safety Platform) and fronted by ARAI and Swedish Transport Administration, Vision Zero Academy.
The Vision Zero 3-day training program involves 17 different Swedish & Indian stakeholders who will provide insights into how Sweden has managed using the Vision Zero approach to bring down fatalities dramatically despite the increase in vehicular population. This is one of the first among the various future projects in order to promote the Vision Zero approach among the Indian stakeholders engaged in the road safety arena.
Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Government of India & H.E. Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India in the presence of Kamal Bali, Chairman, SITIS & CEO, Volvo Group India and Mr. NV Marathe, Director, ARAI inaugurated the 3 -day training program.
Addressing the audience at the event, Shri Nitin Gadkari commented, “The vision for Future India, we must eliminate the 3. 14 per cent of GDP, that is lost due to road accidents and death. I am confident that, with the support of people, we will reach our goal in 2 years”.
And further said, he was convinced that every sincere effort we make to improve road safety will payback and it’s important that all stakeholders come together and walk hand in hand in our vision forward. Its’ not only the authorities, but I call upon the Auto Industry, Corporates, the IT industry, NGOs &, in today’s case, all the Swedish stakeholders to join hands in our national ambition to make our roads safer.
H.E. Klas Molin, Ambassador of Sweden to India, commented: “We are guided by the belief that sustainable transport is possible and we must work to make injuries and fatalities not a part of our future but a part of today and eventually a part of history…Vision Zero is more clearly identified than ever before. We are very happy to see this partnership bearing fruit with this online training programme, On the Road to Vision Zero.”