Govt to spend Rs 11k cr on accident-prone spots

By: | Published: January 12, 2016 1:01 AM

The road ministry has decided to spend a whopping Rs 11,000 crore over the next five years to remove accident-prone “black spots” in the country’s national highways...

The road ministry has decided to spend a whopping Rs 11,000 crore over the next five years to remove accident-prone “black spots” in the country’s national highways aimed at reining in the high number of accidents that claims around 1.5 lakh lives each year, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday.

A total number of 726 black spots, including 100 each in Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, have been identified in the country’s total national highway length of around one lakh kilometre. The number might grow with the ministry would soon be launching an inter-active website where people can send information about such spots.

“In a year 5 lakh accidents take place in the country, of which 1.5 lakh people die and another 3 lakh are crippled for life. So many people do not even die in wars. This is a serious concern,” Gadkari said, adding that India should learn from Sweden, which witnessed just one accident last year.

Road accidents cause a staggering Rs 60,000 crore damage to the national economy, the minister said, marking the start of the Road Safety Week with a ‘Walkathon’ from India Gate here.

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