The government launched a road accident database management system that will help in analyzing the causes of road crashes and in devising safety interventions to reduce such accidents in the country.

About IRAD

  • The IT tool, known as the Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD), has been developed by the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (IIT-M) and will be implemented by the National Informatics Centre. 
  • The project costs ₹258 crore and is being supported by the World Bank.

How it works

  • Around 30,000 tablets would be distributed to police personnel across the country to record data on accidents
  • The IRAD mobile application will enable police personnel to enter details about a road accident, along with photos and videos.
  • A unique ID will be created for the incident. 
  • An engineer from the Public Works Department or the local body will receive an alert on his mobile device. 
  • He or she will then visit the accident site, examine it, and feed the required details, such as the road design. 
  • Data thus collected will be analyzed by a team at IIT-M, which will then suggest if corrective measures in road design need to be taken.
  • The IRAD will be improved on the basis of the learning from the trial, following which it will be rolled out across the country.

 Facts and data-

  • India sees the largest number of road fatalities in the world.
  • More than 1.5 lakh people lost their lives in road crashes in the country in 2018, according to government data. 
  • Of the total people killed in road crashes in 2018, 48% were between 18 years and 35 years old, and more than 60% of such fatalities were due to overspeeding.
  • The system will be first piloted in the six states with the highest fatalities from road crashes — Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh.

National Informatics Centre (NIC)

  • It is an attached office under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India.
  • NIC provides the infrastructure to help support the delivery of Government IT services and delivery of some of the initiatives of Digital India.
  • NIC’s ICT Network, “NICNET”, facilitates the institutional linkages with the Ministries/Departments of the Central Government, State Governments and District administrations of India.
  • NIC is noted for being the primary constructor of e-Government applications.
  • NIC maintains the
  • The portal contains the Constitution of India and claims to have a design objective to a single point to access the information and services of the Government of India.

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