IAS Gyan

Daily News Analysis

Road accident deaths

9th September, 2020 Society

Context: Shri Gadkari confident of halving road accident deaths from 1.5 lakh per annum by 2025 as against the target of 2030.


  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME has expressed confidence on halving road accident deaths from about 1.5 lakh per annum by 2025 as against the target of 2030.
  • Ministry has taken lot of initiatives to reduce road accidents including intelligent transport system in the country.
  • World Bank and ADB are providing Rs 7000 crores each for this purpose to remove black spots from national highways.
  • India has already spent Rs 20,000 crores on removing the black spots on National Highways.
  • Tamil Nadu has brought down accidental fatalities by 25 % by implementing a project with World Bank's assistance.
  • There is a need of public movement by social awareness and education, improving emergency services, pressing for medical facilities, etc in the country.
  • Cooperation of automobile industry in marching closer to achieving its Road safety targets.

  • There is need for building intelligent road transport infrastructure in the country on PPP mode.
  • India committed to reduce its road deaths rate by 50 per cent. It pledged to achieve this by 2020.
  • The Brasilia Declaration on road safety, of which India is signatory, call to rethink transport policies in order to favor more sustainable modes of transport such as walking, cycling and using public transport.