Over the years, India has seen a surge in the increase of motored vehicles. There has also been a continuous expansion of the road network.
Though this is a good thing, as it improves the physical infrastructure of the country, it also brings with it some challenges and adverse factors.
Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Odisha, has also contributed to the changing transportation system. Due to the availability of easy loans, the purchasing power has increased among its people. More and more vehicles have come on the road over the years. This has resulted in an increasing number of road accidents.
As per data provided by the city’s Road Transport Authority (RTA), the average number of Bhubaneshwar accidents, per annum, is 625 accidents. Nearly 38% of these are fatal accidents, where the driver or the rider or both, have lost their lives. Urban areas account for the major part of the accidents, with an average of 84% accidents taking place in the city.
Some other data that released about Bhubaneshwar accidents are:
- Majority of accidents occurred during the time 9 to 12 in the morning, both in rural and urban areas.
- Around 47% of accidents happened in National Highways.
- About 18% of accidents happened during rainfall.
- Contribution of motor cars to accidents were 37%, and of trucks is 19%.
- Majority of the age group of the people involved in accidents was 18 – 24 years.
- 68% of males were involved in accidents, and 32% were females.
- Vehicles that were recently purchased were involved 4 times more than vehicles that were more than 1 year old.
The general observation is that the fault of these accidents is mainly with the driver of the vehicle. Many people in Bhubaneshwar are in a hurry when they drive. This makes them ignore the traffic rules, and break signals quite often. This leads to the unfortunate incidents of fatal accidents or injuries.
Some of the accident-prone areas in Bhubaneshwar are in Khandagiri Square, the newly built flyover from the fire station to Rasulgarh, Kalinga Vihar junction, and Ravi talkies square.
One reason for this is the confusion created by people riding on the service roads, instead of the main road.
In February 2021, the chief minister of Odisha has launched a highway patrolling system, to check accident fatalities and save the lives of accident victims.
Retired police and defense personnel has appointed to work as special police officers to keep a check on the running vehicles. For a detailed reporting of bike accidents, and other type of road accidents, click here.