India’s killer roads – and how they can be tamed

Global motorisation trends are putting more and more people at risk of death or disability from accidents, and India is right at the top of the list. Nearly 120,000 people are killed each year, based on the official figures for 2008.

As a country with Victorian systems and abysmal governmental capacities, it has been struggling to handle the sudden influx of cars and two-wheelers.

On May 23, the sorry state of India’s roads claimed a VIP victim in Tamil Nadu – the State Environment Minister N Mariyam Pichai died in an accident near Tiruchi (reported by The Hindu here). An editorial titled “Killer Roads” appeared in The Hindu, identifying the problem and highlighting the lack of a National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board, as well as an amended Motor Vehicles Act that is more in tune with the state of India’s motorisation today.

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