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More deaths on Mumbai’s roads

Fatal accidents became more frequent in the last two years, according to police data.

mumbai Updated: Nov 25, 2010 01:26 IST
HT Correspondent

Fatal accidents became more frequent in the last two years, according to police data.

According to the statistics sourced by the Praja Foundation, North Mumbai was the only area in which the number of accidents fell. The maximum number was recorded in North Central Mumbai with 333 in 2008-09 and 543 in 2009-10.

South Mumbai was second in the number of fatal accidents, with 285 cases in 2008-09 and to 419 in 2009-10.

“Overall, there was an increase in the number of accidents — major areas saw an average increase of 129 reported accidents per year over the last two years,” said Nitai Mehta, Praja’s founder-trustee.

In North Mumbai — Borivli, Dahisar, Kandivli and Malad — the number of accidents fell from 192 in 2008-09 to 190 in 2009-10.

Brijesh Singh, additional commissioner of police (traffic), said statistics showed a decrease in fatal accidents over the past five years.

“However, the traffic department would have to study the data sourced by Praja to comment,” said Singh. “We are taking all steps possible to decrease the number of accidents in Mumbai.”