Jaipur: Focusing on road safety, PWD minister Yunus Khan directed officials to uproot billboards that are mounted within the limit of road boundary and register FIR against culprits. During the inauguration of two-day review meeting of department, Khan urged engineers to focus on road engineering and removal of black spots to curb accidents.

Asking PWD officials to go hard on hoardings without fear, Kahn even called for the action against commercial establishments within the road limits. "All such billboards and advertorial hoardings should be taken out immediately. If necessary, serve notices to those who have put them up or register FIR. Act without any fear as the government is with you," said the minister.

All commercial establishments including roadside food joints that fall within 40 meters either side from the centre of a highway will be shut down. Officials claim accidents took place because of illegal parking or unauthorized cuts made by hotel owners.

Highlighting the importance of road engineering to curb accidents, minister stressed on the proper alignment of roads and leaving no provision for black spots while preparing detailed project reports. Total 987 black spots have been identified in the state. These are the areas where five or more fatal accidents have taken place.

"PWD has a bigger role in controlling the accidents. When engineers make DPR (detailed project report) they should concentrate on proper alignment. Planning at the preparing stage can save many lives. We should not lose anyone because of the fault in road engineering," added the minister.

The review meeting has been attended by the officials from executive engineers to secretary level. In two deliberations, all the major projects would be reviewed and future strategy would be chalked out.