Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Aims for 50% Reduction in Road Accidents by 2030

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Expressing deep concern over the alarming rise in the number of road accidents, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, conveyed the government’s unwavering commitment to halve the number of accidents by 2030. The grave issue came to light during the release of a comprehensive report on road safety by the Save Life Foundation.

Highlighting the severity of the situation, Gadkari shared disconcerting statistics, revealing that a staggering 53 road accidents and 19 fatalities occur every hour. The gravity of the matter becomes even more apparent with a 12% increase in road accidents and a 10% rise in accident-related deaths. What is particularly distressing is that over 60% of the victims fall within the youthful age bracket of 18 to 35.

Despite concerted efforts, Gadkari acknowledged the persistence of the problem, lamenting that the numbers are not showing signs of decline. Addressing concerned attendees at the launch of the ‘Road Safety Good Practices in India’ report, a collaborative effort with the World Bank, he expressed his deep sadness over the situation. The report itself underscored that adopting corridor-based road safety practices could potentially save a significant 40,000 lives annually.

In a resolute announcement, Gadkari declared the government’s ambitious goal of reducing road accident deaths by 50% by the year 2030. He emphasized that the current level of awareness regarding road safety is inadequate and called for a concerted effort to make it a top priority. The minister stressed the need for serious attention to tackle the persistently high number of road accidents.

The Save Life Foundation’s report shed light on positive developments through case studies of 13 roads across the nation. Notably, the NH48 (Old Mumbai-Pune Highway) emerged as a success story, showcasing a remarkable 61% drop in fatalities between 2018 and 2021. Gadkari pointed out that this reduction was a direct result of addressing issues through effective road engineering, emphasizing the potential role such strategies can play in minimizing fatalities.

As the government intensifies its focus on road safety, the hope is that these initiatives, coupled with public awareness campaigns, will contribute to a safer and more secure road environment. The collective efforts of authorities, communities, and individuals will be crucial in realizing the vision of significantly reducing road accidents and saving lives by the targeted year of 2030.

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