One person is killed on Mumbais roads every 15 hours, the worst evidence in India. In an “ve been trying to” get a grasp on the chaos, the police are travelling digital recording fines electronically and installing CCTV. But will it stop people taking hazards?
For 30 minutes after she was hit, Archana Pandya lay hemorrhaging on a road in the busy Mumbai suburb of Goregaon. The 22 -year-old, which has recently started a new job, was on her road dwelling from toil when she was 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 headquarters, but no one came forward to help, says her brother Siddharth Pandya. Its not the roads; in India, its the people the hell is unsafe.
Pandya was one of 586 parties killed in road accidents in Mumbai in 2015, the equivalent of one fatality every 15 hours. Another 2,034 were seriously injured. The long response times of ambulances and emergency vehicles, read in conjunction with the unwillingness of onlookers to facilitate street preys for panic of being detained by police and hospitals, contribute to slow, agonizing deaths for hundred persons every year. As a upshot, 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 recorded traffic crashes: the highest level of the two countries.
The citys metropolitan geography has helped breed a culture of reckless driving. Autoes zigzag through dense traffic jam, cutting paths, overtaking from the left or zipping past red lights. Drivers know that fines and penalties are small and the chances of getting caught are low. Numerous scoff at the idea of wearing a seatbelt, while others casually take telephone calls and reaction textbook contents as they steer through the labyrinth of cars.
These lax attitudes and dangerous driving dress are spawned right from the driving measure, which exists largely as a formality and is easily smoothed with a small bribe. Aditi Deopujari, a Mumbai resident who got her driving licence in 2000, illustrates: I was part of a driving institution that had a setup with the Motor Vehicles Department[ which issues licences ]. I showed up and had some practice rounds, but never had to sit the exam or had any written research regarding the rules. I just got handed the licence. Another inhabitant, who asked to remain anonymous, says: I literally had to drive five metres forwards, and then five metres overrule. That was it, I passed.