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Road accident scenario more “dangerous” than Covid in India: Gadkari | India News


NEW DELHI: Calling India’s road accident scenario more “dangerous than the COVID-19 pandemic”, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday that there could be a savings of Rs 90 lakhs per person by preventing deaths and reducing minor injuries in such incidents.
The minister emphasized that the cost of the accident is a tremendous burden on society and the nation and the estimated cost of a death in a traffic accident is around Rs 91.16 lakh.
Releasing the World Bank report on ‘Road Traffic Injuries and Disabilities: The Burden on Indian Society’, produced in partnership with Save Life Foundation, Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs, Minister Gadkari said in this alarming scenario that your ministry will formulate policies to protect interests. of the poor and undertake various steps of reform.
India accounts for the highest number of road accidents globally, with 1.5 lakh people killed and over 4.5 lakh disabled annually in 4.5 lakh road accidents with losses amounting to 3.14 percent of GDP.
“For the Government, every life is precious, whether of a poor or rich family, urban or rural areas, men or women and at any level of society. The situation is alarming … there are more deaths than in COVID-19 … It is more dangerous than COVID-19, “Gadkari said, calling the World Bank report revealing.
In India, the cost per seriously injured person is 3.64 lakh rupees, while the cost per minor injured is 77.938 rupees and the cost per death is estimated at 91.16 lakh rupees, he said.
“Therefore, the cost of death is 100 times higher than the cost of injuries. It shows that if we can prevent deaths in a traffic accident and restrict the lives of accident victims to minor injuries, we can save around 90 rupees lakh per person, “said the minister. he said addressing the event.
“We needed to change the law and make special policies. The cost of accidents is a tremendous burden on society and the nation. There are many lapses in the legal system, the police system. We need to protect the poor,” he said, adding that the Political interventions are on the anvil apart from a series of steps, already initiated by his ministry.
About 70 percent of deaths occur in the 18 to 45 working age group, while India accounts for 415 deaths per day in road accidents.
Emphasizing road safety audits, in addition to auditing detailed project reports, engineering plans and schematics related to the injured, the minister said that various audits can correct deficiencies that cause accidents.
Previously, 40,000 km of roads had been audited.
The minister said that IITs and engineering colleges could take stretches of roads for road safety audits with some financial help, while third-party road safety audits will help find engineering flaws and correct them.
Emphasizing that his ministry was one of those ministries that did not believe in the protection of wrongdoers and was transparent, the minister said that it is necessary for the competent authorities, third party agencies and educational institutions to verify and review the DPRs. before implementation.
He urged states to replicate the Tamil Nadu model that could reduce road accidents by 38% and fatalities by 54%, adding that 78% of road traffic fatalities are of motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians and the protection and safety of these vulnerable roads. user groups is the Center’s top priority.
Gadkari also said that the president of the National Road Safety Council will be announced soon, as this body will be responsible for collecting accident data and suggesting measures to further reduce traffic accidents.
Emphasizing that 70 percent of accident fatalities in India are due to speeding, the minister said that the physical condition control of all vehicles has been enforced through the automated vehicle inspection and certification centers. (I&C).
Gadkari also said it is essential for automakers to further improve safety features.
Broadly speaking, the Report says that traffic accidents are a tremendous burden on society, the nation, and states, and reducing accident fatalities and injuries can drive revenue growth and huge benefits can be achieved in well-being from cost-effective road safety interventions.
The minister said traffic accident deaths and injuries hit adults of working age in low- and middle-income countries, adding that accidents are a public health problem and a challenge in countries like India.
Gadkari said the government is working with the World Bank on several projects, one of which is to optimize the traffic accident database that is iRAD.
Noting that one of the key findings of the report is that the number of deaths from accidents is double in poor families compared to rich families, he said that it is very important to have a simplified, robust legal, insurance and healthcare ecosystem. and accessible.
The minister said that the report’s recommendations on the safety of vulnerable road users, cashless treatment, improvement of health and civic infrastructure, insurance penetration and compensation mechanism, post-disaster response ecosystem accident and stakeholder integration would help review the Engine. 2019 Vehicle Amendment Act and Motor Vehicle Rules.
The World Bank report comes even as the country is celebrating the first ever “Road Safety Month” currently extended to raise awareness about road safety.

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