Dharam Pal, UT Adviser to the Administrator launched the Integrated Road Accident Database (iRAD) project in Chandigarh. iRAD is an initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), with an objective to improve road safety in the country. The main idea behind it is to create a Centralised Accident Database to host and access all accident related data by various departments/stakeholders.

What is iRAD?

  1. The iRAD application is an initiative of the MoRTH to capture relevant details about the accident prone areas throughout India.
  2. The details include causes of road accidents, road engineering defaults, negligence on the part of individuals, patterns in accidents and to form a strategy to reduce the number of accidents.
  3. The iRAD was proposed in 2019 but due to Covid-19, the implementation work was postponed.
  4. In February this year, a beta version of iRAD was launched in at least 59 districts of six states including Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
  5. With iRAD, any investigation officer visiting the spot of an accident will enter all details in the app, such as day and time of the accident, type of collision, fatal/non fatal, weather conditions, etc.
  6. The data will further be used by all concerned departments to analyse the cause of accidents and formulation of strategies such as identification and rectification of blackspot, engineering interventions, etc.