Riding in India is not a cakewalk for riders. Reason - bad roads? Well, according to a 2015-Road Safety report by the World Health Organisation, on a scale from 1 to 10, India scored a miserable 3 in enforcement of the speed laws. The ratings for drunk-driving laws were almost similar - India scoring a 4.
Undoubtedly, Indian roads bring to the forefront a bunch of challenges, not only to riders but also to pedestrians that put safety of common people at stake.
In 2017, as a part of the mission, Maruti Suzuki conducted a survey and released the Road Safety Index, wherein 10 major Indian cities were rated to find out which of these cities ranked the best in terms of road safety.
So, excited much on finding out where your city stands in terms of the Road Safety Index list? Well, continue reading to know more.
Ahmedabad has shown commendable achievement in terms of Road Transport Infrastructure and Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management. Yes, Ahmedabad tops the list!
Not only is public transport encouraged, a hefty 70% of the respondents have rated the heavy vehicle traffic management parameters as "Good"!
Ahmedabad has been ranked first in terms of emergency services-ensuring proper and timely provision of police, ambulance, fire, etc. Kudos to that!
Last year's winner in Road Safety-Bangalore-has got quite a number of areas to work upon this year. The residents seemed unhappy with a few services, although factors like Enforcement Automation Center and implementation of a centric street design on multiple busy roads have received appreciation.
66% of the respondents rated the pedestrian facilities as 'below average', another 56% did not agree that the city's lightings were up to the mark, and 63% of them rated road safety measures as 'Poor'.
Chennai has obtained the first position in Motor Laws and Traffic control! Traffic booths at busy signals ensure strict enforcement of traffic laws, which involves dedicated wireless infrastructure at main junctions and rigorous night-patrolling has affected in curbing drunk-driving!
However, 73% of the respondents rated the city's road quality as 'below average' and addressed traffic congestion as an issue that demands an immediate attention!
Last year, the national capital, Delhi, had scored a win for its connectivity, road quality, and road infrastructure! Even this year, the city has set high benchmarks by topping the lists in terms of Road Quality as well as Connectivity.
The city's wide and good-quality roads, backed by well-maintained footpaths have contributed to the positive outlook of residents. Delhi is ensuring its place in the Index list!
The capital of newly-formed Telangana has surprisingly failed to win the hearts of its inhabitants. Well, we didn't see that coming!
A majority of 88%, 86%, and 84% of the respondents have rated their city as 'below average' in terms of road quality, road safety, and pedestrian facilities, respectively.
The study also points out that, emergency services and road lighting in certain areas need immediate action towards improvement.
The new entrant of the survey, Indore, has got us in awe by grabbing the title of Road Cleanliness amongst all other participants. Now, that's truly commendable!
A handful of factors like existence of door-to-door solid waste collection, instituted waste segregation, installation of tracking devices for garbage trucks, etc., have turned out to be their key differentiators behind winning the title.
Nevertheless, 86% of its residents have rated the road safety for children facilities as 'below average'-that marks an area, Indore should be laying more emphasis on!
Being declared the winner for Road Lighting and Maintenance last year, the "City of Joy" Kolkata has indeed shown exceptional performance in terms of making its road safer for pedestrians.
Kolkata has successfully defended its title this year too, besides achieving a newer feat in Road Safety for children.
Installation of trident lights and street lamps, abundant safety signs, and strict implementation of the motor vehicles rules that makes speed governors mandatory, has earned major appreciations from the jury members.
Banking on its provision of facilities for the differently-abled such as ample reservations/separate coaches in local buses and trains, alongside the private cab services specially launched for differently-abled, Mumbai featured on top of being Differently-Abled Friendly. Hats off to you, Mumbai! What a great thought!
Mumbai's public empathy towards differently-abled is clearly visible and to curb road accidents, city authorities have undertaken identification of accident-prone spots and vigilance around such spots has been increased. That's a good step!
Although Pune has earned admiration, owing to an adequate number of safety sign-boards, digital boards, etc., the survey indicates that road quality needs improvement, as water logging has been a recurring issue every year.
Pedestrian facilities need major improvements, as poorly maintained or encroached footpaths were observed along major roads.
Raipur, another new entrant of this year's survey, has demonstrated outstanding achievements by already setting benchmarks for Pedestrian Rights and Road Safety. That's a job well done, Raipur!
The jury has identified the city's well-marked zebra crossings on major roads and installation of solar photovoltaic powered-street lights as some of the remarkable features other metropolitan cities can definitely learn from.
Maruti Suzuki, as a leader in automobile industry, is working on building safer roads in India by fostering safe-driving habits through various training initiatives, such as driving training of underprivileged youth, creating awareness among school children, and taking integrated measures on specific road stretches.
And, the 'India Road Safety Mission', which is now on its 5th year, intends to bring together the policy makers, city authorities, road safety experts and the citizens - all under one roof - a common platform.
While Maruti Suzuki is being instrumental towards making Indian roads safer for pedestrians, let's ensure we, as citizens, absorb the necessary lessons and contribute our bit responsibly, which will make our roads safer.
Let's hope the authorities are taking note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads. For more information about the Maruti Suzuki's initiative and the Road Safety Index click here!
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