Over 11,000 people were killed in road accidents across Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana last year. This is as per data released by the Centre on Thursday. Around 8.3 per cent of all victims of road accidents in the country are from this region. Further, it has been observed that road accidents were higher side in rural areas of the northern states.
While Haryana is among the top 13 states which saw most number of accidents in 2015, Punjab joins it in the top 13 states list which reported the highest number of fatalities.
The report, compiled by the Transport Research Wing of the union transport ministry said that around 1.5 lakh people, which came to around 423 deaths every day last year. The state which reported the most number of fatalities is Tamil Nadu accounting for around 83 per cent of all deaths due to road accidents.
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It further said that Punjab is the second highest in terms of accident severity (road accident deaths per 100 accidents). The state recorded 73 per cent road severity deaths, while Mizoram topped the list with nearly 103 per cent. Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh recorded 15.7, 43.7 and 36.4 per cent accident severity in 2015.
Month wise, Haryana suffered the most number of accident-related deaths in November, while it was December in Punjab and October for Himachal.
Haryana also recorded the highest accidents with grievous injury accidents (1,364) followed by Punjab (1,344). Himachal, during the same period, had 297.
Of the total 11,174 accidents in Haryana, 7282 were reported from rural areas. For Punjab and Himachal, this was at 4259 and 2214 accidents, respectively. Jammu and Kashmir suffered 3,451 deaths in the same category.
The transport ministry in its report further said that the highest number of people killed in the accidents were two wheelers in Punjab(1984), while as in Haryana animal drawn vehicles, cycle rickshaws, hand carts, rickshaws and other person reported maximum of 1226 deaths. In Himachal the highest number of death recorded were in the light motor vehicle(LMV) category.
Road safety experts said the latest trend of rise in accidental cases across the country is not a new development. “It [numbers] doesn’t shock the the public anymore because it is increasing for past so many years now,” said Harman Singh Sidhu, Chandigarh-based road safety activist.
He, however, blamed ineffective implementation for the high numbers. “If the policies are made in the Centre, the implementing agencies in the states never implement it. The state governments’ efforts are half-hardhearted.”