Deadlier than pandemic: Gadkari calls for reducing road accident deaths

The road accident state of affairs in India is extra harmful than the pandemic, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari mentioned Saturday as he pointed to potential financial savings of Rs 90 lakh per particular person if such deaths are prevented.

Releasing a World Financial institution report on site visitors crash accidents Saturday, Gadkari mentioned: “For the federal government, every life is valuable, whether or not poor or wealthy, city or rural, male or feminine. The scenario is alarming… there are extra deaths than in Covid-19… It’s extra harmful than Covid-19.”

He termed the World Financial institution report an eye-opener.

India accounts for the best variety of road accidents globally, with 1.5 lakh individuals being killed and extra than 4.5 lakh being disabled yearly in 4.5 lakh road accidents. The losses quantity to three.14 per cent of the GDP.

“In India, the price per critically injured particular person involves Rs 3.64 lakh whereas the price for an individual with minor harm is Rs 77, 938. The price per dying is estimated at Rs 91.16 lakh,” he mentioned.

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