Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday, to improve the quality of tyres the government is considering making mandatory the mix of silicon with rubber and to prevent road accidents the use of nitrogen.

Today, the accident of the Noida-Agra highway was termed as unfortunate and said the Uttar Pradesh government has already set up a committee to look into reasons behind the accident. The Yamuna Expressway was built by the Uttar Pradesh government and the said highway has no link with the central government.

He also said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is mandated with the task of constructing and maintaining National Highways in the country and the Noida-Agra Yamuna Expressway is not a National Highway constructed and managed by NHAI or this Ministry.

“We are considering making it mandatory for tyre manufacturers to mix silicon with rubber in tyres and fill them with nitrogen instead of normal air,” the minister told the House. According to the international standards, silicon is mixed with rubber and nitrogen is filled in tyres to reduce the chances of tyre bursting due to excessive heat.

The government is setting up training institutes in order to train as there is a shortage of 25 alkh trained drivers in the country, said the minister. “The Ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue of road safety based on Education, Engineering (both of roads and vehicles), Enforcement and Emergency care,” he said.

“Further, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has constituted a District Road Safety Committee in each district of the country to promote awareness amongst road users under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) from the district,” the minister said in his written reply.

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