Puducherry, Feb 4 :  Concerned over the increase in road accidents in Puducherry, the territorial government today announced that wearing of helmets by two-wheeler riders will be compulsory from May 1. Addressing reporters here today, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said the territorial government was concerned over the rise in road accidents in the Union Territory.

“Hence, it is absolutely necessary to make helmet-wearing compulsory and the mandate will come into force from May 1 this year,” he said. During 2016 alone, out of the 710 road accidents 60 were fatal and the victims were found to be riding the vehicles without using helmets, he pointed out.

On law and order situation in Puducherry, the Chief Minister said law and order was being maintained well in Puducherry. Organised crimes are being dealt with effectively and the vigilant police has been responsible for the good law and order situation here, he added.

“Lt Governor Kiran Bedi is also keen to ensure that law and order was kept up properly in the Union Territory,” he noted. He also said women’s security was on the top of the agenda of the police department. Director General of Police SK Gautam who was present at the press meet said, none can escape the mandate which would be strictly enforced from May 1.