One person is killed on Mumbais streets every 15 hours, the worst record in India. In an is making an effort to get a traction on the chaos, the police are extending digital recording fines electronically and investing CCTV. But will it stop people taking hazards?
For 30 hours after she was hit, Archana Pandya lay bleeding on a road in the busy Mumbai suburb of Goregaon. The 22 -year-old, who had just started a new job, was on her behavior home from undertaking when she used the victim of a hit-and-run. She died of her hurts. There were a lot of people there, and it happened right opposite a police station, but no one came forward to help, says her friend Siddharth Pandya. Its not the roads; in India, its the people the hell is unsafe.
Pandya was one of 586 people killed in road accidents in Mumbai in 2015, the equivalent of one death every 15 hours. Another 2,034 were seriously injured. The long response times of ambulances and disaster vehicles, working together with the reluctance of spectators to facilitate street preys for panic of being detained by police and hospitals, contribute to slow, agonizing extinctions for the thousands of parties every year. As a cause, Mumbai a city with approximately the same number of cars as London, but more than four times the number of street fatalities has become known as Indias crash capital. In 2015 there were 23,468 registered congestion conflicts: the highest in the two countries.
The citys urban geography has helped spawn a culture of foolhardy driving. Automobiles zigzag through dense traffic jam, cutting trails, engulf from the left or zipping past red lights. Motorists know that criminal penalties are small and the chances of getting caught are low. Many scoff at the idea of wearing a seatbelt, while others casually take phone calls and reaction text words as they steer through the maze of cars.
These lax attitudes and dangerous driving garbs are spawned right from the driving experiment, which exists principally as a formality and is easily smoothed with a small bribe. Aditi Deopujari, a Mumbai resident who got her “drivers licence” in 2000, clarifies: I was part of a driving school that had a setup with the Motor Vehicles Department[ which issues licences ]. I presented up and had some pattern rounds, but never had to sit the quiz or had any written experiment regarding the rules. I just got handed the licence. Another inhabitant, who asked to remain anonymous, says: I literally had to drive five metres forward, and then five metres alter. That was it, I passed.