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India has more road accidents than ever before

One step forward,two steps back: Temporary solutions are implemented for traffic.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi |
March 11, 2011 7:11:17 pm

Despite upgrading traffic management practices in order to check growing fatalities on roads,experts said on Friday there has been a steady increase in the number of accidents over the last few years in the country.

Over 1.26 lakh people died in road accidents in 2009 as against 1.18 lakh in 2008 and there has been a surge in the occurrence since,Head of the Department (Transport and Planning) at the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA),Sanjay Gupta said quoting data from the National Crime Records Bureau.

“Over five lakh accidents take place in India every year. In 2009,1,26,896 road accident deaths have taken place,” he said adding,”The traffic management practices should be upgraded. Our designs permit speed but are not capable of handling it.”

An international seminar on National Road Development Strategies and Road Safety on improved Highways will be held in the capital between March 14 and 16 to discuss some of the basic concepts regarding roadway geometric features.

A K Sharma,Director of the SPA,which is the organizer of the seminar,said,”Unlike advanced countries which have a set-up,where data is available easily,in India,we just compile statistics but have no data.”

“India has over the years emerged as the world’s road deaths capital with fatalities skyrocketing by 40 per cent in five years,” he said.

Pointing towards the short-term solutions to road accidents,Sharma said,”There should be an improvement in signs,lane markings and surveillance cameras should be installed,besides controlling speed.”

He said,”Global trends on road safety indicate that fatalities on roads and highways will be the highest killer by 2021.”

The seminar will be discussing some of the basic safety concepts which are currently known regarding roadway geometric features such as cross-sectional elements,horizontal and vertical alignment,pedestrian and bicycle facilities,intersections and interchanges.

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