January 08, 2018

Tata Steel Group Companies inaugurate National Road Safety Week 2018

Jamshedpur: Tata Steel Group Companies, in association with Tata Motors, TCIL, Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SAFE Club and Jamshedpur schools, today inaugurated the National Road Safety Week 2018. To promote road safety awareness in the community, an awareness rally was flagged off at Gopal Maidan, Jamshedpur. The rally was flagged-off by Prabhat Kumar, IPS, SP (City), East Singhbhum in the presence of Sanjiv Paul, vice president, safety, health and sustainability, Tata Steel; Sunil Bhaskaran, vice president, corporate services, Tata Steel; Ashish Mathur, MD, JUSCO; RN Murthy, executive director, TCIL and Vilas Gaikwad, chief, safety, Tata Steel.

PATH, a renowned theatre group, performing a nukkad natak on road safety awareness during the rally

During the flag-off, students from various schools and PATH (a renowned theatre group) performed a nukkad natak on road safety. More than 200 students from schools across Jamshedpur and members from Mini Bus Association and School Van Drivers Association participated in the launch function. Nearly 150 vehicles with safety messages were flagged-off by Mr Kumar.

During the flag off ceremony, Mr Kumar raised the concern that two-wheeler riders in the city are not wearing crash helmets. He appealed to all guardians of school children, not to provide two wheelers to kids below 18 years of age. He also narrated a personal road incident and highlighted the importance of wearing seat belt while driving.

Mr Bhaskaran highlighted the seriousness of the issue by talking about the Hiroshima attack in Japan. “In the attack, nearly 1.4 lakh people died and when we see the statics of road incidents in India, more than 1.4lakh people die due to road accidents each year,” he said.

Mr Paul emphasized that our behaviour on road is important and as a Zimmedaar Nagrik, we must give respect to other riders on road. Mr Mathur administered a road safety pledge to the gathering.

Tata Steel Jamshedpur observed the National Road Safety Week with different activities like mass meeting, health check-ups, safety quiz and nukkad natak. These were organised at SHE Excellence Centre, Steel Manufacturing, Iron making, Shared Services and Raw Material Management divisions. The theme this year is ‘Avoid over speeding - prevent accidents’. Avneesh Gupta, vice president, shared services, Tata Steel, interacted with all employees of shared services division on the topic of road safety.

Between January 8 and 15, 2018, many activities will be organised to sensitise and create awareness on road safety in Jamshedpur and at Tata Steel group companies. In Jamshedpur, there will be a checking of road safety violations at strategic locations, nuked natak and rallies and a citizen’s march on January 15.