One person is killed on Mumbais streets every 15 hours, the most difficult record in India. In an attempt to get a grasp on the chaos, the police are travelling digital recording fines electronically and setting CCTV. But will it stop people taking risks?
For 30 times 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 style dwelling from design when she was the victim of a hit-and-run. She died of her harms. There been a great deal of parties 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 parties 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, read in conjunction with the unwillingness of spectators to facilitate street martyrs for fear of being detained by police and infirmaries, contribute to slow, pain fatalities for the thousands of beings every year. As a develop, 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 preserved congestion collisions: the highest in the country.
The citys city geography has helped breed a culture of negligent driving. Autoes zigzag through dense traffic jam, cutting corridors, overtaking from the left or zipping past red lights. Moves just knowing that fines and penalties are small and the chances of being caught are low-necked. Numerous scoff at the idea of wearing a seatbelt, while others casually take telephone calls and react textbook meanings as they navigate through the maze of cars.
These lax attitudes and dangerous driving wonts are spawned right from the driving test, which exists predominantly as a formality and is readily smoothed with a small bribe. Aditi Deopujari, a Mumbai resident who got her “drivers licence” in 2000, excuses: I was part of a driving academy that had a setup with the Motor Vehicles Department[ which issues licences ]. I presented up and had some rehearse rounds, but never had to sit the quiz or had any written measure regarding the rules. I just got sided the licence. Another occupant, who asked to remain anonymous, says: I literally had to drive five metres forward, and then five metres switch. That was it, I passed.