New Delhi: More than 140,000 people were killed in road accidents in India last year, according to figures released by the government. The report says that there has been an increase of 4.6% in the vehicle accidents in the year 2015.
More than half of the people killed in 500,000 road accidents last year were aged between 15 and 34.
Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that there is an urgent need to improve roads and highways as most of the accidents happen due to poor driving and badly maintained roads. “Accidents are killing more people in India than terrorism or natural disasters and yet we never talk about them,” Mr Gadkari said.
“It saddens me that there has been a negligible impact on reducing the number of deaths despite our best efforts in the past two years,” he said.
Experts say poorly designed roads are the main cause of accidents.
A report released by the Ministry of Road Transport says:
146,133 people were killed in road accidents in India in 2015, up from 139,671 in 2014
There were 5,01,423 road accidents in 2015 – or 1,374 accidents every day – up from 4,89,400 in 2014
500,279 people were injured in road accidents in 2015, up from 493,474 in 2014
400 road deaths take place every day on India’s roads
13 states, including Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh, accounted for more than 80% of all road accidents and fatalities
Nearly eight in ten accidents were caused by drivers, with 62% of those blamed on speeding.