`1 lakh die in India every year in road accidents`

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 15:52

New Delhi: More than one lakh people die
every year in India in road accidents, 20 times more than in
extremist violence, Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai said
on Wednesday, stressing on the need for government and private sector
to come together for effective traffic management.

Pillai said many people don`t know that the country
loses more than 100,000 people every year in accidents. Apart
from the human loss, the country also loses about Rs 10,000
crore in terms of compensation, insurance claim and related
needs which otherwise could have been used for other purposes.

"It (casualties) is 20 times more than what we lose in
terror attacks, Left wing extremism and all insurgencies put
together where we do not lose even 5,000 people," Pillai said
at a seminar organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce here.

Expressing serious concern over the death of such a
large number of people in road accidents, the Home Secretary
said both the government and the private sector must work
together to innovate effective traffic management schemes to
be implemented across the country.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 15:52

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