Maharashtra ranks second when it comes to road accidents that have taken place in the country in the past year.
According to statistics revealed by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the only state that has seen more road accidents in the country is Tamil Nadu.
In 2011, the state’s roads were witness to 47,120 accidents, which translates to a whopping 129 road accidents a day. Tamil Nadu that ranks first, witnesses 65,873 road accidents yearly, which translates to around 180 cases a day. Karnataka ranks third with 44,696 accidents in 2011.
When questioned about why Maharashtra witnessed so many accidents, Nitin Dossa, executive director of Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) said, “It is unfortunate and an issue of concern that Maharashtra has such a large number of accidents. The primary problem lies with the drivers because a major chunk of them are not qualified enough.”
When asked if the state infrastructure has anything to do with the high number of accidents, Dossa replied in the negative.
“In Maharashtra, one Regional Transport Office (RTO) issues 700 licenses every day and 300 cars are registered daily. This further translates to more traffic on the road,” Dossa added.