Maruti Suzuki road safety index: Roads safest in Bengaluru but quality best in Delhi
Ahmedabad scored high on road cleanliness and Mumbai on pedestrian rights
New Delhi: The country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India on Monday released a road safety index, covering eight cities including the national capital and Mumbai.
The index, compiled across several categories on the basis of citizen views and ground level surveys, rates cities across the country on road safety on various parameters like road lighting, maintenance and infrastructure.
The names of winner cities were announced by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
While Mumbai featured on top for pedestrian rights, Delhi scored maximum for its connectivity, road quality and road infrastructure.
As per the index, Bengaluru topped in road safety while Ahmedabad scored high on road cleanliness.
"Road safety is increasingly becoming a matter of national importance. As a leader in automobile industry we are working on inculcating safe driving habits among people through various training initiatives," MSI Executive Director Marketing & Sales RS Kalsi said.
This initiative of city-wise road safety index further strengthens the company's mission for safer roads, he added.
The objective of the report is to lay down parameters which can become guidelines for government institutions, NGOs and to improve road safety, Kalsi said.
Other cities covered under the index include Pune, Kolkata and Hyderabad.
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the city government to consider building multi-level bus parkings at DTC depots, which would be vital to augment number of buses ferrying commuters on Delhi roads.
As many as 139,671 people lost their lives on India’s roads during 2014, which means 382 died every day with Delhi being India’s deadliest city
Delhi BJP president Satish Upadhyay on Monday slammed AAP government for "running away" from its responsibility in case of a DTC bus driver's death and said it will provide a financial help of Rs 5 lakh to family of the road rage victim.