According to a first of its kind report presented by the World Bank and National Highways Authority of India, nearly 30 percent of the Delhi-Mumbai highway is unsafe for commuters.
The World banks report further states that on the Delhi-Mumbai Golden Quadrilateral, stretch 824 KMS fell under unsafe category at a speed limit at 80 kilo-meter per hour. If the speed limit goes up to 100 KMPH as much as 1,517 KMs out of 2,795 km comes under unsafe categories.
The report goes on to state that on the Golden Quadrilateral route between Mumbai-Chennai almost half of it is not safe for vehicles. Furthermore, only 40 km of the quadrilateral which criss-crosses India running for almost 5,431km has highest five-star safety, while another 245 km got a four-star rating. Currently, almost 39 percent of the two corridors together earned a one or two-star rating.
Similarly, in the Mumbai-Chennai stretch, about 1,286 km fell under unsafe category at speed limit 80KMPH. While 1,623 km out of 2,636 km falls under unsafe category at a speed of 100KMPH.
The report gains special significance given that the National Highways account for a 2% share in country’s total road network but is responsible for almost 36% of the total road death across the country. According to the reports in 2017 alone, 52,000 people lost their lives in accidents on the National Highways.
The safety assessment and star ratings of the two NH corridors were conducted by Global Road Safety Facility of the World Bank, International Road Assessment Programme and National Highway Authority of India.
As per the report, an investment of about Rs 724 crores is required to make these roads safe for commuters. Preventive measures have been suggested in the report to significantly reduce accidents and deaths on these stretches.