30% of Delhi-Mumbai highway is unsafe for 4-wheelers, finds study
New Delhi: Nearly 30% of the Delhi-Mumbai and almost half of the Mumbai-Chennai stretches of the Golden Quadrilateral are unsafe for car, bus and truck occupants, according to a first-of-its-kind safety study on national highways by agencies that included the World Bank and the National Highways Authority of India.
The study, which looked into the likelihood and severity of accidents, found that these NH stretches were even more unsafe for two-wheelers, pedestrians and cyclists as there were hardly any facilities for these vulnerable road users.
The safety assessment and star ratings of the two NH corridors were conducted by Global Road Safety Facility of the World Bank, International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) and NHAI. The two corridors were rated on a scale of one to five stars, based on crash studies from around the world.
The report said only 40km in the two corridors running in-
Star ratings for Delhi-Mum & Delhi-Chennai sections of GQ
to 5,431km got the highest fivestar safety rating for vehicle occupants. Another 245km got a four-star rating. The study gave three stars to about 55% of the two highway networks, which is “good” so far as safety of occupants is concerned. The rest 39% of the two corridors got a one- or two-star rating, which is considered unsafe for users.
The report gains importance considering that NHs, which have only 2% share of the country’s road network, account for almost 36% of the total road deaths. In 2017, about 52,000 people lost their lives in accidents on the NHs while another 40,000 persons were killed on state highways.
According to the study, about 824 km of the Delhi-Mumbai of GQ fell under the one- and two-star category for vehicle occupants when the speed limit is 80kmph. But when the speed limit is 100kmph, as much as
1,517km out of 2,795km, or 54% of the stretch, is unsafe.
Similarly, in the MumbaiChennai stretch, about 1,286km fell under the one- and two-star category when the speed limit was 80kmph. This share increased to 1,623km out of 2,636km — 62% of the total — when the vehicle speed limit was 100kmph. The road transport and highways ministry notified100kmph as the maximum speed limit last April.