Road accidents become more fatal in Mumbai
The issue of safety on roads and number of fatal accidents continues to be a major concern in the city, as the number of people dying in road accidents has risen by 6.25 per cent in 2014.
With the growing congestion in the city, residents continue to prefer buying two-wheelers to be able to weave through the traffic. File pic for representation
According to the State Economic Survey tabled in the legislature yesterday, Mumbai is also far ahead of other cities in Maharashtra in the number of accidents per 10,000 vehicles; Mumbai stands at a whopping 92, as compared to the rest of the state which stands at 25.
Last year, the city’s roads saw 527 deaths, 31 more fatalities than 2013. However, the number of accidents on the road, 22,554 in 2014, was about 1,000 less than the previous year. So, while the number of accidents has gone down, the mishaps have claimed more lives.
In 2012, the number of casualties had gone down to 3.7 per cent, as compared to the state’s total fatalities. However, it crossed the 4 per cent mark in 2013, and continued an upward trend next year. There are close to 2.5 crore vehicles in the state out of which 24.5 lakh vehicles are in Mumbai and the number of vehicles per km road length in Maharashtra is 95.
The survey also throws up a few interesting data on preferred vehicles. With the growing, traffic congestion in the city, Mumbaikars continue to prefer buying two-wheelers. As compared to 2013, the city witnessed a growth of 8.9 per cent in the number of two-wheelers on the road. The number of four-wheelers including taxis and private cars has increased by 6.9 per cent. The number of auto rickshaws has gone down by 13.7 per cent.
Mumbai, which has a dire need for more public transport, witnessed a 1.2 per cent increase in the number of buses. Meanwhile, the city also bought 4.4 per cent more goods vehicles, including multi-axle vehicles, trucks, tankers, and delivery vans. The number of valid motor driving licences in Maharashtra at the end of March 2014 was 2.77 crore, an increase of 6.9 per cent from the previous year. The number of learner’s licences issued during 2013-14 was 25.6 lakh.