Gandhinagar, which enjoys a reputation for being one of the cleanest cities in Asia, is gradually becoming a danger zone. Statistics by the Gujarat Road Safety Authority (GRSA) reveal that Gandhinagar has witnessed a 21% increase in deaths and a frightening surge of 25.20% in road accidents. A national daily, while publishing these figures, has also highlighted that the data shows a state-wide increase of 3.7% in road accidents.
Last year, the total number of road accidents touched 15,751, exceeding the previous year’s figure of 15,186. The deaths in the state rose to 7,618 in 2022 as opposed to 7,452 in 2021, recording a 2.23% increase, the daily reported.
It added that cases of accidents went up significantly in Mehsana and Rajkot, with both regions experiencing a 23.9% increase. Ahmedabad recorded a rise of 14.20%. Mahisagar was in the second spot with an 18% surge, followed by Mehsana at 17%.
Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, and Rajkot recorded a massive 33% of the accidents and 31% of the fatalities in the state during 2022. These four districts together reported 5,421 accidents last year, an 8.5% increase compared to 4,999 accidents in 2021.
Furthermore, deaths in these districts jumped up to 2,410 in 2022, a 4.6% increase from 2,286 in the previous year. The data was taken from 33 districts in the state. The number of accidents went down in 16 districts. But the incidents of accidents rose in the remaining 16 districts. Porbandar reported no fatalities from accidents.
Vehicle collisions have been partly attributed to the state capital’s large quantity of junctions and crossroads. Deaths on account of accidents in small towns have been linked to a lack of medical facilities.
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