How safe are Indian roads for us

India has a large road network of over 3.314 million kilometers of roadways (2.1 million miles), making it the second largest road network in the world. Road infrastructure is the main catalyst for the development of important key sectors of economy like Agriculture, Industry, Mining, Energy, Forestry and Dairy Development. These sectors depend heavily on the development and maintenance of the road network and efficient transportation system.
The main roads in India are under huge pressure and in great need of modernization in order to handle the increased requirements of the Indian economy. Besides just fixing and paving the roads, widening & straightening of roads and expanding the network is becoming increasingly necessary. This is because the roads can then handle increased traffic, both in terms of goods and public movement together with an increase in the speed of movement.    
In general, due to decades of bureaucratic procedural difficulties, the road network has suffered long delays. The political leaders in India have now started examining the situation and taking action. However, there are still other environmental, logistical, and local issues contributing to delay in development of the road infrastructure. For instance, although the government itself owns a wide corridor around the center of roads called the Right of Way (ROW), over many years, poor and landless people have built houses and other property along the roadside. Farmers whose fields adjoined the road had their crops encroach up to the side of the road. Further, other resources are located along roadsides, whether they be trees, pathways to water resources, streams that were used for their water, etc.    
These squatters whose property lies within the ROW would not only be greatly affected by road widening, but also those who use the resources next to the road might be adversely affected. It is also difficult to remove these encroachers and further, removal of trees is increasingly becoming a sensitive issue.    
Roads without dividers:-    
Roads without dividers are the main reason for head-on collision in India. A head-on collision is one where the front ends of two vehicles hit each other, as opposed to a side-collision or rear-end collision. Head-on collisions are an often fatal type of road traffic accident.     
Pathetic Condition of roads:    
Poor infrastructure has lead to poor road designs. Roads are built without keeping their functionality in mind. The areas adjoining the new roads are made vacant to built broad roads, only to find that they get swarmed with traffic rush in no time. Roads should be made with proper planning keeping in mind their future utility, as vehicle population also grows with time.    
Under implementation of Road Safety Standards:        Road are not well informed with the markings and signals. Line markings are not printed on all roads. Traffic signals are used for spiting and littering. Road barriers and other equipments are seen dwindling here and there on the roads.    About one lakh Indians are killed in road accidents:-    Nearly One lakh people are killed in road accidents in the country in one year and millions of people are getting injured every year. According the statistics of National Crime Record Bureau of Ministry of Home, Government of India, 105725 people were killed in road accidents in India, during 2006. Andhra Pradesh accounted for maximum deaths. With 130,000 deaths last year, India tops in the number of people killed in road accidents, surpassing China’s 90,000. And, most of these deaths occurred due to bad road designs and lack of proper traffic management systems to separate different streams of traffic. Indian roads are the deadliest roads in the world. People break rules and have no fear. If caught also then will be released by giving money to traffic police. Pedestrians cross roads whether there are zebra crossings or not. People’s lives are so cheaper that no one helps a wounded in accident, and loses his/her life.  No one wants to be in trouble and that’s the reason people don’t help wounded. When we will understand that each person’s life is very important and if we save anyone we should be proud on ourselves.      Accident injures 45 in Orissa:-    At least 45 persons were injured when the bus in which they were travelling skidded off the road near Maneswar, about 10 km from here today, police said. After the mishap, fear-stricken passengers managed to alight from the Rourkela-bound private bus which had tilted dangerously by the side of the road, the police said. Most of the occupants received minor injuries under the impact of the accident which occurred in the small hours. The injured were given first aid and none was hospitalized.      Road rage accused arrested:-    A 22-year-old man was arrested in the city for allegedly slapping an elderly woman and dragging her after she advised him to drive cautiously, police said today. The arrested youth has been identified as Ashu, who works in a security company in Gurgaon and resides in Peeragarhi, a senior police official said. He was caught from his residence. Ashu allegedly slapped and dragged 57-year-old Kiran Anand, who is reportedly suffering from cancer, on Saturday evening in Paschim Vihar. She was riding pillion with daughter Anisha on a two-wheeler when Ashu''s speeding car suddenly stopped near them at a traffic signal in Paschim Vihar. Kiran advised the youth not to drive rashly and that such an act would land him in trouble as well endanger lives of others. Ashu got out of his car and allegedly slapped Kiran before dragging her for some distance. "Ashu held her by neck and dragged her for about 20 metres. She has suffered head and elbow injuries," the official said.
She was discharged from hospital yesterday. The arrest came after police tracked down Ashu whose car number was noted by Anisha. Ashu s car has also been impounded.     
Two killed, five vehicles gutted in road inferno:-    
Two persons were killed and five vehicles gutted in an inferno that flared after a gas tanker flamed a stationary truck near here, police said today. The mishap occurred last night on Talegaon-Chakan Road, about 40 km from Pune, in front of a dhaba (road side eatery) where the truck was standing with a punctured tyre, they said. A massive explosion rent the air causing panic in the surrounding area as the tanker, reportedly belonging to Hindustan Petroleum, burst into flames that also enveloped two trucks, a car and a motorbike parked in the vicinity, police said.   
Fire engines from nearby places were pressed into service to douse the fire that raged for over three hours as police cut off electricity supply in the area during the operation.     
The worst place to cross a road is a zebra (pedestrian) crossing:-    
Something as simple as crossing the road is a high-risk adventure activity in most Indian cities. You look both ways and all you see is a sea of unending traffic. While there are some pedestrian lights in the city centers they should be used at your own risk. Even the zebra crossings dotted here and there are completely ignored by motorists.     
Ride in an Indian Auto Rickshaw for a 3 Wheeler Roller Coaster Ride:-  
If the thrill of riding in a metal cbin with no doors, no seat belts and no airbags on treacherous Indian roads doesn't scare you, then the auto-wallah's driving skills definitely will! Riding an auto rickshaw is a bit like riding a roller coaster except you stay firmly on the ground with no definite track. Even though auto rickshaws are said have a top-speed of around 50 km/h (about 31 mph), it definitely doesn't seem like it and I doubt it's true especially when you’re zipping past cars and bikes at much higher speeds leaving them in a cloud of smoke. You can sometimes feel the G-forces pulling you as the auto-wallah makes a tight turn. They're driven the way you would a bumper car at a carnival.

They zig-zag and weave through traffic unafraid of bigger vehicles or pedestrians and are notorious for playing chicken by driving on the wrong side of the road with oncoming traffic. And just when you think it couldn't get any worse, if the gap between two cars or buses in front of you is seemingly impossible to fit into...think again! The auto wallah will surprise you by daringly maneuvering their rickshaw into the tightest imaginable spaces in traffic. So much so that you can literally touch the vehicle beside you by sicking out a finger!


All said and done not all auto-wallah’s are terrible and drive like there's no tomorrow. In fact the auto-wallah is probably the best guides in town, so Rickshaws are a great way of seeing a new city. In traffic their best bet to getting you to your destination the quickest. While the Journey may be rough, the destination is always reached.

Lack of Laws and their proper enforcements: -   
No Proper laws have been devised and those devised are not meant and dealt properly. Just drive as you like and if you happen to kill someone, just grease a few palms and walk into the sunset. Such is the height of corruption in India.     
Lack of Emergency Services: -      
Roads lack any facility for emergency services. In case of an accident there is no provision for first aid treatment near the intersections. Victims have to cost their lives as doctors and hospitals are usually not nearby.
How long common people will pay their life?
How long will government take any action against such incidents?
There is no assurance of our life that we will return our home in evening……………! GEVT7S4QHJFR 

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