Govt mulling use of nitrogen filled tyres to help reduce accidents

The government is considering making it mandatory for manufacturers to mix silicon with rubber to improve quality of tyres and use of Nitrogen in them to help prevent road accidents, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Replying to supplementaries during 'Question Hour', the minister termed road accident on the Noida-Agra highway as unfortunate and said the Uttar Pradesh government has already set up a committee to look into reasons behind the accident.

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, he said.

The central government will ask the Uttar Padesh government to implement the committee recommendations and take strict action against those responsible for the accident and the deaths of people.

He said the cement concrete highway led to 133 deaths in 2016, 146 in 2017 and 11 in 2018.

"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.

As per international standards, silicon is mixed with rubber and nitrogen is filled in tyres to reduce the chances of tyre bursting due to excessive heat.

Gadkari said the central government has prepared a Rs 14,000 crore plan for preventing road accidents that could help save precious lives.

He informed that road accidents have declined in Tamil Nadu while Uttar Pradesh tops the list.