Session 3B : Road Safety in Indian Cities

April 16, 2013

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM 

Session Chair:

Mr. Vivek Phansalkar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Traffic - Mumbai

Panelists :

Dr. Girish Rao, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS)

Mr. Gurmehar Singh, Assistant Professor, Regional Institute of Management & Technology (RIMT), Punjab

Mr. Ranjit Gadgil, Parisar

Mr. Ravishankar Rajaraman, Manager, Safety Group JP Research

Mr. Binoy Mascarenhas, Associate - Urban Transport, EMBARQ India

Background :

According to the World Health Organization, road traffic accidents account for about 1.2 million deaths per year, making it the fifth leading cause of death worldwide. India accounts for about 135,000 road fatalities per year, which is the highest in the world. This is despite the comparatively low level of motorization in the country. It is estimated that about 18% of these fatalities occur in cities, which poses an emerging problem, as the country is rapidly urbanizing.

Within urban India, the overwhelming majority of road accident victims are pedestrians and other non-motorized transport users. Over the years, little regard has been paid to the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists, forcing them to jostle for space with much larger and faster vehicles. Another major vulnerable group of road users are motorcyclists, which account for a significant share of road fatalities, especially in smaller cities.

The objective of this session is to bring forth new research on the road safety scenario in Indian cities. This session will focus on data-driven information, crash investigations and road design measures for improving road safety.

Presentations :

Road, Safety, and Health - Is There a Disconnect ?

Punjab Road Safety and Traffic - Gurmehar Singh

Road Safety - Ranjit Gadgil

In-Depth Accident Data Collection - Ravishankar Rajaram 

Road Safety Assessment for Mumbai - Anirudh Tagat

Recommendations for Safe BRT Design for Indian Cities