India has been upgrading its highways since 2000 and yet deaths due to road accidents continue to rise at the rate of 9-10% each year.
The country has the highest number of deaths in road accidents, according to the World Health Organisation. The WHO records about five lakh road accidents each year, and 1.4 lakh deaths due to road accidents. As attested to by the National Crime Records Bureau, that’s a death in a road accident every four minutes, 387 a day or, as the Delhi-based NGO SaveLife Foundation put it, a Boeing 747 crash a day.
Read the full report by me in The Wire: