Nagpur. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday launched an Artificial Intelligence-powered project ‘IRASTE’ on a pilot basis with an aim to reduce road accidents by 50 per cent in Nagpur, Maharashtra. During this, he also lashed out at the officers who delayed the work. He said, ‘I like officers who give results. The task of beating the sticks to the officers who are lax in their work should be left to me.
During the program, Nitin Gadkari said that the officers who delay the work should be punished. The delay in their work also affects the system. This makes the system sluggish. He further said, ‘Uproot the system that does not work and leave it to me to beat the stick. If someone slows down, I will not leave it without hitting it.’
Gadkari said 1,500 accidents take place in Nagpur every year, in which 250 deaths occur. This is neither a good sign for me nor for the officers. Our priority should be how to prevent accidents. He said that the use of AI to map accident sites will also help in collecting data on road surface condition, sign boards, markings, signal details.
To move towards ‘Vision Zero’ accident scenario in this project based on collaboration between Government, Intel, INAI, IIIT-Hyderabad, CSIR-CRRI (Central Road Research Institute), Mahindra & Mahindra and Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). The focus will be on safety, mobility analysis and road infrastructure safety.
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