Delhi: Roads of the national capital are India's bloodiest
Delhi recorded the highest number of road accident deaths in 2016, according to "Road Accidents in India 2016" report by Road Transport and Highways Ministry. It revealed Chennai had most road accidents but Delhi had the most deaths due to road accidents at 1,591. Experts attributed the situation to a range of factors including Delhi's bad road design and lax enforcement of traffic rules.
Congestion on Delhi roads for 14 hours on an average
The report noted the road accidents recorded in Delhi peaked in 2014 at 8,623; it came down to 8,085 and 7,375 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The number of road accident deaths decreased from 1,671 in 2014 to 1,622 and 1,591 in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The decrease was attributed to the increasing vehicular congestion for an average of 14 hours a day.
CSIR-CRRI's Traffic Engineering and Safety Division Head
Dr. S Velmurugan of CSIR-CRRI stated: "Since 2011, Delhi has shown good record in terms of accident statistics gradually coming down. But this is not happening because of engineering faults being corrected but due to an increase in vehicular population."