Chhattisgarh witnesses 5% rise in fatal road accidents

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Feb 2018 11:46:37

Staff Reporter,


Feb 10,

In contrast to the entire nation (which saw a dip of 3% of fatal accidents in roads), Chhattisgarh reported a rise of 5.1% in it as 4107 people were killed at road accidents at different rural as well as urban parts in last year. This clearly shows that in last year, every hour, state lost the life of one person in road accident. Because of rise in road accidents, Chhattisgarh emerged as third highest rate of fatal accidents in roads after Bihar (where a rise of 10.8% reported in road accidents during 2017 as against of 2016) and Odisha which reported an increase of 7.3% in it during 2017 as against of 2016.

According to the data of road accidents as well as deaths prepared by Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, there was a decline of 3% in the numbers of persons who were killed at road accidents in 2017 than 2016. In 2017, 146377 people were killed at fatal road accidents in almost all parts of the nation as against of 150935 lives lost on the roads in nation in 2016. But in Chhattisgarh, roads prove dangerous for people as it claimed more lives in 2017 than of 2016. In 2017, 4107 people in state lost their lives in road accidents as compared to 3908 deaths reported in 2016.

That means, state reported a rise of 5.1% in the cases of fatal road accidents in its all parts. The interesting element is that both transport department as well as health department of the Chhattisgarh has done lots of campaigns, activities and awareness program to aware people about road accidents and safe driving but the rise of deaths in the roads proved all of them futile. Of all states and union territories only Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha and Chhattisgarh have reported an increase in the number of fatal road accidents while all other states particularly southern states consist of Tamil Nadu and Telangana and northern states consist of Punjab and Haryana saw a sharp decline in it. Along with them, western state Gujarat and eastern state West Bengal also recorded a major reduction in the number of persons who lost their lives in road accidents. 

The surprising part is just like of Chhattisgarh, Punjab also registered huge number of alcohol and drug addiction cases, but it awareness programs regarding road safety succeeded to curb road accidents and deaths. In the Chhattisgarh, maximum numbers of fatal accidents were reported at roads of capital Raipur followed by Raigarh, Durg, Bilaspur and Korba districts. But when it comes to drunken driving cases, Bilaspur, Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon recorded maximum cases in 2017 and in 2016 too. ‘Road accidents and fatalities are owing to a host of reasons. Since we have no proper analysis and investigation of road deaths and their occurrence, so it not possible to zero down on any specific reason. The centre and state government must ensure proper investigation of fatal crashes’ said Dr. RS Sharma of Indian Road Congress.

Most of the time people do not follow rules and regulations of the traffic and easily boycott them which lead to rash driving and also of fatal accidents. In last one decade, state government did many programs but most of them failed to acknowledge people about safe driving and follow instructions of traffic police. In fact in highways during night hours, every second driver feels proud in rash driving and ignoring of rules and regulations. None of the senior officials of Chhattisgarh Transport Department agreed to comment on it as they are not aware of the figures and other materials of the report.