100 vehicles roll out on Chandigarh roads each day
If one goes by the data released by the Chandigarh Police during the National Road Safety Week in April, almost 100 vehicles are added every day in the city.
Though there’s nothing new in the news that almost every person in the city has a vehicle, the high number of new cars can be a cause for concern as this means increased chances of accidents, not to mention pollution.
In 2004, the city’s population was 9.44 lakh, while the number of vehicles was 5.73 lakh. In 2016 the population increased to 11.16 lakh with the number of vehicles growing correspondingly to 10.69 lakh and then in 2017 to 11.15 lakh (population data was not shared for the year).
As such, the number of vehicles owned went up from 60.68% in 2004 to 96% in 2016, Chandigarh Police data has revealed.Though the number of vehicles increased, the population growth rate remained low at 4%.
The Chandigarh Police report says a 100 vehicles are added per day in city.
Even as the population grew by 6% from 2004 to 2008 and remained (almost) stagnant at 6.64% from 2008 to 2012, the number of vehicles increased in the city. Twenty-two per cent growth was witnessed from 2004 to 2008, and 20% growth from 2012 to 2016 in a city that has just 1612 km of roads.
Data on accidental deaths of the past two decades reveals 143 fatalities in 2004; 103 in 2017 and 144 in 2016, with the highest number of deaths in a single year to date being 164 in 2009.
Ninety per cent accidents were caused to due to overspeeding.