New Delhi, 16 March 2022: Ministry has defined Protocol for identification of Blackspot as per the circular no. RW/NH15017/109/2015-P&M (RSCE) Dated 28.10.2015. As per this circular, Road Accident Black-spot is a stretch of National Highway of about 500 m in length in which either 5 road accidents (in all   three years put together involving fatalities /grievous injuries) took place   during the last 3 calendar years or 10 fatalities (in all three years put together) took place during the last 3 calendar years. Based on Road accidents data collected by police departments of State Governments and compiled by Transport Research Wing (TRW) of this Ministry, Blackspots are identified for undertaking immediate short term measures for mitigation and long term measures for permanent rectification.

The action is taken by implementing agencies NHAI, NHIDCL and NH wings of State PWD against DPR Consultant, Authority Engineer and Independent Engineer for poor project preparation and lack of supervision as per provisions of Contract agreement with the Consultancy firm. The deterrent action includes Replacement of Team leader/Key Personnel, imposition of penalty and debarring of firm/key personnel for a specified period.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.