MUM­BAI’S ROADS MOST UN­SAFE, WIT­NESSED MOST MISHAPS IN 2012

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Kailash Korde [email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Mum­bai’s roads are among the most un­safe among 50 cities hav­ing a pop­u­la­tion of more than 10 lakh in the coun­try.

A 2012 re­port of the min­istry of road trans­port and high­ways says the city wit­nessed the high­est num­ber of road ac­ci­dents at 24,592 last year. Of them, 471 were fatal ones leav­ing 488 peo­ple dead and 4,543 oth­ers in­jured.

Chen­nai and Delhi with 9,663 and 6,937 ac­ci­dents re­spec­tively came sec­ond and third in the list of cities with the high­est num­ber of road mishaps.

The re­port was based on the data col­lected by the trans­port re­search wing of the min­istry of road trans­port and high­ways.

Mum­bai traf­fic po­lice, how­ever, claimed that the to­tal num­ber of fatal ac­ci­dents and other ma­jor and mi­nor ac­ci­dents in the city was con­sis­tently on the de­cline.

“Mi­nor ac­ci­dents might have re­flected in the re­port, oth­er­wise the num­bers of all ac­ci­dents in­clud­ing fatal ones have gone down,” said Vivek Phansalkar, JCP, traf­fic. Mum­bai has 22 lakh reg­is­tered ve­hi­cles and a road length of 1,963 km. Most met­ros, how­ever, have more num­ber of ve­hi­cles than Mum­bai and longer road net­work.

RE­LATED RE­PORT, P5

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