Bloomberg to give Mumbai Rs 100cr for road safety

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By Chittaranjan Tembhekar & Richa Pinto, TNN

MUMBAI: Mumbai on Thursday figured among the ten cities in the world that will be taken up by the Bloomberg Philanthropies, a New York-based foundation, to adopt best of the Road Safety practices worldwide.

The selection has been made from 20 strong applicant cities, mostly from low and middle-income countries, which showed strong commitment to reduce road traffic fatalities and injuries within and around their urban set-ups. Sources in the chief minister’s office said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) proposal had been selected after a team of experts with the foundation visited Mumbai to study the logistics available.

The proposal was sent in November and is viewed as the first successful effort of the new government in winning best of the consultants and attractive funding for the city’s development.

With a new commitment of $125 million over five years for the selected cities, the foundation can offer up to Rs 90-100 crore for Mumbai to adopt standard practices such as traffic rules, driving discipline and safety, and reducing congestion.

The selected cities will receive: senior-level, full-time staff to work within city governments on their road safety initiatives for up to 5 years, comprehensive technical assistance from the world’s leading road safety organizations, training for police officers and other relevant city staff, and support to create hard-hitting mass media campaigns. More info

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