The report released by Gadkari reveals some shocking figures related to just how much casualties are caused by accidents and in total.
In the report that came out recently, Mumbai has emerged as the city with the maximum number of accidents in India. On the other hand, talking about the number of deaths that happen every day, Delhi is at number one.
According to Nitin Gadkari, Road Transport and Highways Minister said, “Mumbai had the highest number of 23,468 number of road accidents during 2015 while Delhi had the highest number of 1,622 deaths due to road accidents.” It was mentioned in a “Road Accidents in India Report”. He said on Thursday that on an average, 400 persons die everyday in road accidents in India because of faulty engineering as one of the most common reason.
In the year 2015 alone, around 5 lakh road accidents happened in the country and in those accidents, around 1.46 lakh people were killed.
According to the report, “In 2015, 50 million-plus cities accounted for a share of 22.1% in total road accidents in the country, 11.3 persons in total persons killed in road accidents and 16.4% in total persons injured in road accidents.” It also mentioned that thirteen states accounted for 87.2% of road accidents. In that list, Tamil Nadu occupied the top slot. Not only that, the list also includes Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, West Bengal.
The report said that two wheelers accounted for about one third share of road accidents, and after that, it was cars, jeeps and taxis. Though 28.4% accidents occurred on National Highways, 24% on State Highways and 47.6% on other roads. The report said, “Within the category of driver’s fault, road accidents caused and persons killed due to exceeding lawful speed/over speeding by drivers accounted for a share of 62.2% accidents and 61% deaths.”
Also, “Drivers fault has been revealed as the single most responsible factor for road accidents, killings and injuries on all roads for a long period of time… Driver’s fault accounted for 77% of total accidents in 2015.”
After releasing the report on Thursday, Gadkari said that he deeply pained at the findings which show 17 deaths in 57 crashes per hour and over 54% of those getting killed are of the age group 15-34 years. He said, “Let people criticize us but I want to make the report public. Our two years of dedicated work and sincere efforts has resulted in not much change but we are committed to changing the scenario as I cannot allow this. My heart fills with immense pain. This magnitude was not killed in wars, epidemic and militancy.”