BANGALORE: The capital of India, Delhi is known for its grand culture and people. Being the capital of India, it shows the vibrant culture and trend. As a recent report by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) revealed that, Delhi leads the other Indian states in number of road accidents. The data is alarmingly high with 5 people losing their life every day.
The report stated that in road accidents, in Delhi, it claimed 325 lives at night time and under the sunlight 332; from January 1 to May 31 this year. This clearly points out to the fact that itís not because of any technical fault or difficulty in driving, but mere irresponsible behavior of the drivers.
Quoting Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways' report - Road Accidents in India 2012, CSE said that about five road accident deaths occur every day, which includes two pedestrians and two two-wheeler riders. It also said every week, two cyclists and one car rider dies in the city.
As per the report released by CSE, violation of rules is rampant in Delhi- with 329,000 cases of signal jumps, over 14,000 cases of drunken driving and 45,158 cases of over speeding being reported across different parts of the national Capital.Chennai, which follows Delhi in road accident deaths, reports 25 percent less fatalities. 16 deaths and 58 road injures are reported in India in every hour with sharing of fatal accidents in the total being up from 18 percent in 2003 to 25 in 2012, the report also pointed out.
The report noted that in Delhi, the share of pedestrians falling victims to road crashes is as high as 44 percent - the highest among key metro cities. As much as 50 percent of accidents occur at night, and 33 percent between 6 PM and 12 AM, in the city. If any other cause was responsible for so many deaths in Indian cities, it would have led to emergency measures. Neither the rich and powerful nor the poor can escape the fury of our killer roads, CSE's executive director Anumita Roy chowdhury said.
She also said that report also suggested that most accidents occur near flyovers, crossing and signal-free and high speed corridors. Of the total accident prone hotspots identified near flyovers, about 27 percent are on the Ring Road, 17 percent on GTK Road, 13 on Outer Ring Road and 6 percent on Mathura Road, she said.
It is important to note that the eight key arterial roads that record nearly 75 percent of all deaths, have been designed as high speed corridors, which received the maximum attention and resources from the government- including widening for six-eight lanes, flyovers to allow seamless travel for vehicles, subway crossings and foot over bridges to prevent people from crossing on the surface and obstructing traffic flow, and closing of medians to allow vehicles to move uninterrupted. These features have turned these arterial roads into death traps, the report stated.