A recent report states that 1.46 lakh lives were lost on Indian roads last year, out of which, 400 deaths are reported every day.
Releasing a report on last year's road accidents in India, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, admitted that not much has changed after two years of dedicated work and efforts. The Minister said, he is "deeply pained" to find out 17 people die in 57 crashes every hour.
"Let people criticise us, but I want to make the report public. Our two years of dedicated work and sincere efforts has resulted in not much change, but we are committed to changing the scenario as I cannot allow this. My heart fills with immense pain," he said.
Though the reports show driver's fault account for 77.1 per cent of the road accidents in 2015, the minister mentioned "faulty road engineering" as one of the leading causes.
He also added, that the government is confident of bringing down road fatalities by 50 per cent in the upcoming years through multiple initiatives that include the decision to construct 4-lane highways where the traffic is over 10,000 pcu (passenger car unit).
The report released by India's ministry of road transport says
- 146,133 people were killed in road accidents in India in 2015
- There were 501,423 road accidents in 2015 - or 1,374 accidents every day
- 500,279 people were injured in road accidents in 2015
- 400 road deaths take place every day
- Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Uttar Pradesh, account for more than 80% of all road accidents and fatalities
- Nearly eight in ten accidents were caused by drivers