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City of expressways has little space for pedestrians

gurgaon Updated: Jul 23, 2013 02:53 IST
HT Correspondent

Life in the Millennium City is certainly running in the fast lane and the aesthetic mesh of its numerous expressways and highways indeed paints a rosy picture.

However, the city roads are increasingly becoming unsafe for commuters owing to a host of problems ranging from lack of infrastructure to the paucity of traffic personnel to those unmindful of rules of engagement on the road.

The statistics are alarming and certainly call for action.

Figure this: nearly 4.5 lakh road accidents occurred on the Indian roads in 2012.

The toll on life they took stood at a staggering 1.4 lakh.

In Haryana alone, nearly 5,000 people lost their lives to road accidents in 2011 and 2012 each.

For the period between January and June, Gurgaon accounted for 209 road accident deaths in 2011, 235 in 2012 and already 223 people have been killed on the roads in this year.

At the national level, the number of road accident deaths increased by 1.3% between 2011 and 2012, though for Haryana the rate fell slightly.
But in Gurgaon the number increased by a whopping 12% for the same period.

The rate of increase for the years 2013 and 2012 can be estimated to breach the previous record, given that the number of people killed in road accidents by June 2013 is nearly equal to those killed in road mishaps throughout the entire previous year.

The number of fatal accidents has increased by 18% in Gurgaon.

However, the total number of road accidents increased by just 6.65% between 2011 and 2012.

Data till June 30, 2013 shows that 210 fatal road accidents have already taken place against a total number of 227 such accidents in the previous year and 192 in 2011 in the corresponding period.

The number of accidents by mid-2013 has crossed the number of accidents that took place over the entire year of 2012 — the total number of road accidents jumped from 481 in 2011 to 513 in 2012 and the current figure for this year already stands at 557.