City roads claimed most lives in region in 2019: NCRB | Ludhiana News

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Ludhiana: Ludhiana has once again earned the dubious distinction of being a city with a large number of road accident deaths, as it recorded the second-highest number of such deaths in north India in 2019, according to a report. Ludhiana city ranked eighth among the 52 cities of the country with high road accident deaths.
As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report, Ludhiana witnessed 365 road accident deaths in 2019. In north India, Delhi had the highest number of such deaths at 1,400 and Faridabad in Haryana 311.
Among the cities of the region, Ludhiana occupied the top position in deaths from road accidents, with Chandigarh seeing 104 such deaths, Amritsar 95 and Srinagar recording 45 deaths.
As for the number of accidents, Ludhiana was at number three with 526 road accidents in 2019, while Delhi topped the north India chart with 5,349 accidents and Faridabad (most populous city of Haryana) at number two with 736 accidents. In the region, Ludhiana was at number one, with Srinagar, Chandigarh and Amritsar recording 310, 304 and 133 road accidents.
However, although the number of road accident deaths in the city increased in 2019, the NCRB data suggests that such deaths were even higher in 2016 when 384 persons had died. In 2018, 328 persons had died in 477 accidents.
Blaming several factors for the rise in road accident casualties, a road safety expert said, “The rise of 10% in road accident deaths is shocking. There are many reasons for the rise in road accidents and related deaths. Firstly, the agencies concerned haven’t been able to rectify more than 90 black spots identified by them. Secondly, there is a lack of political, bureaucratic and official will to do something about road safety. There is also lack of coordination in all the road construction and maintenance agencies, including the municipal corporation, PWD and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Fourthly, there is poor planning and traffic management leading to chaos and disorder on the roads,” said international road safety expert Kamaljeet Soi.
With the release of NCRB data for 2019, many city residents are upset over such a large number of deaths from road accidents. “The authorities should improve the road safety infrastructure in the city and the agency managing the traffic should make it a mission to bring down the number of deaths in road accidents in the city,” said a city resident Ajit Singh.
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Annual death count
Year — Deaths — Accidents
2019 — 365 — 526
2018 — 328 — 477
2017 — 281 — 493
2016 — 384 — 549
2015 — 271 — 489
(Figures: Transport ministry and NCRB)

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