30% of Delhi-Mumbai high­way is un­safe for 4-wheel­ers, finds study

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Di­pak.Dash@ times­group.com Ve­hi­cle Oc­cu­pant Length (km) Mo­tor - cy­clists Length Pedes­trian Length Bi­cy­clists Length Delhi-Mumbai Mumbai-Chennai No foot­path for pedes­tri­ans (%)

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.

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