Leading infrastructure firm Global Road Technology working with the Indian government and World Bank to address road safety

Global Road Technology (GRT) Is working with the Indian government as part of a World Bank initiative to address the country’s growing road toll.

Partnering with the government of the most populous state in India, Uttar Pradesh, GRT will implement elements of the firms “Road Safety Initiative,” as authorities seek to combat the nations rapidly growing traffic death toll. GRT’s Indian operations have made a commitment to help reduce the nations road toll as part of their work within the country.

GRT Director Ben Skinner believes that the Chief Minister of the State Government of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilash Yadev will be a key partner in the implementation of the program within the country.

“GRT look’s forward to working with the State Government of Uttar Pradesh as we launch and deliver the program to remote and still developing communities throughout the region,” Mr Skinner said.

“The Road Safety Initiative has three key aims for those in developing, rural and remote communities – survive the walk, survive the ride and survive the drive, providing material and educational support to achieve these goals.

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At the recent World Bank conference we shared our experience from the GRT Road Safety Initiative with Indian and global authorities and looked at how we could develop, tailor and implement the program to suit both cultural and environmental conditions in the country.”

Uttar Pradesh with a population of 220 million people is the most populous state in India. The campaign within the state will be focussed on the 178,000 schools in the region, teaching children about the importance of road safety.

GRT will be working with the State Government of Uttar Pradesh to provide material such as bike helmets, baby and child booster seats, as well as high visibility backpacks as part of the campaign.

This engagement in India follows on from a keynote speech in March where GRT spoke on the subject at the Austrade Road Safety Showcase (Week) event in Chennai. This speech was based on the firms own Road Safety Initiative, that GRT implements in each of the country’s it operates in.

The GRT Road Safety Initiative has been developed to address the rise in road traffic injuries, which based on World Health Organisation (WHO) projections, will rise to become the fifth leading cause of death globally by 2030. This is an epidemic that is increasing in most regions worldwide due to a combination of factors, including inadequate transportation infrastructure such as roads.

The Road Safety Initiative is funded by GRT and the direct contributions of their partners around the world. Funds are invested where they are collected, ensuring that all donations result in measurable local improvements for those making them.

Use of GRT instant road technology can provide developing communities with newer and safer roads delivered in a cost effective and fast manner when compared to conventional infrastructure building methods – providing an affordable and reliable infrastructure option for remote and rural communities.

According to Global Road Technology Chief Financial Officer Herman Allison these factors are what makes GRT’s methods and products an effective solution to infrastructure shortfalls, particularly in middle-income and developing nations. GRT will also be discussing how quality infrastructure can address the road safety crisis in India during the World Bank conference.

“Our ability to construct roads faster than conventional methods equates to us being able to provide in excess of a kilometre of road in 24 hours – making Global Road Technology products and methods particularly useful in remote areas and developing nations where it serves as a critical infrastructure bridge for isolated communities, said Mr Allison.

“We develop material that is adaptable to any climate and able to withstand the harshest conditions, while ensuring that our products have a minimal impact on the environment. These are factors that meet the needs of our clients.”

Global Road Technology is providing industry and government solutions in Australia and internationally by working with major companies across the mining, oil and gas sectors with its cost effective and environmentally friendly road building technology.

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