What makes a city great? Search this on the internet and you’ll find thousands of videos and millions of comments proclaiming why one particular city is the best city in the country or even the world. And the reasons that make a city great will range from its delicious food to its modern infrastructure. Although, there are a few reasons that make a city great don't get the attention they deserve. Let’s take road safety for an example.
According to a report on road accidents in India released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, 2015 has seen the greatest rise in the number of accidents in five years- 12,023 accidents more than the previous years. That is an extremely high number and makes road safety in Indian cities of grave importance. But what are the criteria for road safety a city needs to follow to be deemed safe?
India’s favourite passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki with their ‘India Road Safety Mission’ initiative has introduced a comprehensive road safety index which rates 10 India cities on key safety parameters.
Let’s have a look at the key safety parameters and whether your city makes it to the top!
- Pedestrian rights
Having enough space to walk on the streets and even crossing them without any trouble is probably one of the best facilities a city can offer. Commuting within a city is not just about cars or buses, it’s also about the pedestrians and cyclists. Having dedicated paths and spaces for pedestrians not only encourages people to walk more but also prevents possible road traffic accidents. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Raipur ranks as the best city in India for pedestrian rights. The city has done well in terms of providing sufficient sidewalks, zebra crossings and pedestrian signals. Raipur also has commendable initiatives like no car zones and street events.
- Road lighting and maintenance
Well-lit streets are essential for cities to ensure safe travel during the night. Nonfunctioning street lights are not only a serious safety hazard for pedestrians but also a cause of major car accidents. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Kolkata ranks as the best city for road lighting and maintenance. The city has done a commendable job in providing adequate lighting on its roadways with regular maintenance and has installed renewable sources for illuminating its streets.
- Motor laws and traffic control
Traffic is probably the first thing that will come to most people’s mind when they think about cons of living in a major city. It is an undeniable fact that cities have traffic as they have a lot of cars, but the important part is how is that traffic handled? Sound traffic management and enforcement of traffic rules and regulations can reduce the time for commuting, accidents, etc. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Chennai ranks as the best city in India for motor laws and traffic control. The city has done a commendable job in the deployment of adequate traffic police personnel at busy locations and use of technology to enforce traffic laws.
- Emergency services
The promptness of response of emergency services can be the difference between life and death. Be it medical assistance or firefighting, a shorter response time by emergency services can avert major disasters from occurring. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Ahmedabad ranks as the best city in India for emergency services.
- Road cleanliness
While clean roads devoid of plastics, organic waste, and rubble from construction is great for the swachhata of a city, it is also great for pedestrians and motorists. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Indore ranks as the best city in India for road cleanliness. The city has done a commendable job in availability and efficient usage of garbage disposal mechanism, strict laws against littering and defecation on city roads.
Good public transportation in many ways can reduce traffic and accidents in a city. If a city has good public transportation then that will encourage more people to take the train or bus instead of driving which will reduce congestion on the streets and the probability of road accidents. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Delhi ranks as the best city in India for connectivity. The city has done a commendable job by providing good intra-city connectivity through rail, road and metros.
- Road transport infrastructure
Whenever the topic of development is discussed in India either on news channels or beside a tea stall the term infrastructure always seeps into the conversation. And that makes sense because you can’t really have a great city without great infrastructure. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Ahmedabad ranks as the best in India for connectivity. The city has done a commendable job in creating adequate parking spaces for vehicles, lane markings and dividers.
- Road safety
Don’t text while driving, always put your seatbelts on while driving, wear a helmet when riding a bike are some of the many road safety laws in the country. These laws have been made for our own safety and well-being but how many people actually follow these rules? According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Raipur ranks as the best city in the country for road safety. The city has a good road safety culture, adequate signage and banner on the roads along with dividers and speed breakers.
- Road safety for children
Road safety is a topic that not only needs to be taught to children in school but there is also a need for measurements to ensure road safety for children. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Kolkata ranks as the best city in the country for road safety for children. The city has done a commendable job by spreading safety awareness campaign for children and putting abundant signs outside schools and universities.
- Differently abled friendly
One of the factors that make a city great is how differently abled friendly are its infrastructure and services. While differently abled can achieve their goals like any other person, however, the presence of differently abled friendly infrastructure and services can make a huge difference. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Mumbai ranks as the best differently abled friendly city in the country. The city has done a commendable job in providing necessary provisions for differently abled people.
- Road quality
Roads are like arteries of a city. And similar to arteries even if one road is not functioning well or blocked then it can create a lot of problems like massive traffic jams. Good quality roads can not only help in traffic management but also reduce the chances of accidents. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Delhi ranks as the best city in the country for road quality. The city has done a commendable job in constructing and maintaining smooth surfaced roads.
- Heavy traffic management
Managing heavy vehicles on city roads is of utmost importance. Most of the times these vehicles are packed to their capacity and are at a higher risk of getting into an accident due to multiple reasons like load capacity, slow response time, etc. According to Maruti Suzuki India Road Safety Mission, Ahmedabad ranks as the best city in the country for heavy traffic management. The city has done a commendable job in creating adequate signs for heavy vehicles, restricting entry and exit of heavy vehicles in the city and enforcing specific rules and regulations for heavy vehicles.
Let’s hope the authorities are taking note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer India roads. For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Index click here.
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Updated Date: Mar 29, 2018 19:18:26 IST