The real stories of India.
By Anonymous at Wed, 2007-01-10 08:37 | General
Traffic on Indian roads is a hallucinatory potion of sound, spectacle and experience. Road accidents in India are on rise. What makes travel on Indian roads so heart-rending most of the times?
HAVING A HEALTHY disregard for the impossible: Indian Traffic
The line says it all. Many enthusiasts have come and gone with a dream in their eyes and that is to revive the Indian traffic scenario but they were undervalued because they lacked that je ne sais quoi.
Some eye-opening statistics:
More than 100,000 people die on Indian roads every year. Another million are injured or maimed. Most of these are pedestrians, cyclists and two-wheeler riders. This costs our nation as estimated a few years ago Rs 55,000 crore. As road infrastructure improves, and automobile sales boom, India can no longer ignore road safety. In fact I feel Indians love road rage. Life is cheaper than dust on killer roads. Be it any part of the Indian states, roads and highways are perennial nightmare for daily commuters.
The integrated approach
Large parts of Europe, North America and Japan have shown the way. They have brought down road accident fatalities through an integrated approach involving:
But doesn’t India lag far behind considering the above-mentioned integrated approach in the Indian scenario? Do we have any plans for improving post-accident rescue operations and emergency healthcare? It is heartening to know that the Indian government too is considering a national road safety body, which will take an integrated approach to the issue of safety on roads. Even though, a lot needs to be addressed and done as far as traffic problems and safety is considered on roads here.
Probably in India we have forgotten the very basic road manners like one should give way to pedestrians, observe rules while overtaking, know how to park and when not to blow horn. These are simple rules, but their observance makes a lot of difference to our daily lives. We Indians behave with great courtesy at home and with friends. But as soon as we step out we leave these manners behind. Why do we lose control of our good senses on roads?
Safer roads can become a reality only if there is unanimity among all commuters and they believe to stand in unison for the noble cause. Indian road scenario is a hallucinatory potion of sound, spectacle and experience. It is frequently heart-rending, sometimes hilarious, mostly exhilarating and always unforgettable.
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