- Data showed that the decline in road deaths was maximum in Chennai where 1,260 people died in accidents last year as compared to 1,299 in 2017
- Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai saw minor decline in road deaths in 2018 as compared to 2017 but Delhi recorded an increase of 106 fatalities in the same period
NEW DELHI: Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai saw minor decline in road deaths in 2018 as compared to the previous year but Delhi recorded an increase of 106 fatalities in the same period, accident data received from different city traffic police showed.
Data showed that the decline in road deaths was maximum in Chennai where 1,260 people died in accidents last year as compared to 1,299 in 2017. In Kolkata, fatalities stood at 294 in 2018 against 329 the previous year. Mumbai recorded a minor reduction from 490 roads deaths in 2017 to 475 last year.
Comparatively smaller cities like Patna, Agra, Surat, Allahabad, Jodhpur, Nasik, Rajkot, Bhopal and Thrissur saw significant increase in road fatalities last year. These pushed the total road deaths close to 17,700 last year. In 2017, the number of lives lost in 50 million-plus cities was around 17,000.
Road safety experts said more deaths in road accidents in non-metro cities indicated the need to put a stronger enforcement mechanism and there was a need to come up with interventions to improve the safety of vulnerable road users, which include pedestrians, cyclists and two-wheeler riders.
“These (smaller cities) are fit cases to go for technology-based enforcement and we need to carry out detailed investigation to zero in on the exact cause of fatal accidents. Some believe that increased congestion on roads may have reduced the number of fatalities in some cities but it’s not true considering that the number of deaths on Delhi roads has increased,” said K K Kapila, former president of International Road Federation.
The recently passed Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act has made provision for wider adoption of technology for monitoring violation of traffic rules and the transport ministry has set up working committees to finalise the rules to implement the amended law.
TOI on September 7 had reported how the total strength of traffic police in India was a little over 72,000 in 2017 while the number of vehicles registered was nearly 20 crore, which is highly inadequate to meet the requirement.
Date: November 04, 2019