3,564 accidents in India due to potholes in 2020

3,564 accidents in India due to potholes in 2020

According to Gadkari, the total number of road accidents due to potholes in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 stood at 6,424; 9,423; 4,869 and 4,775

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The country witnessed 3,564 road accidents due to potholes in the year 2020, which is the lowest in the last five years, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari informed Parliament on Monday.

The ministry has formulated a multi-pronged strategy to address the issue of road safety based on Education, Engineering (both of roads and vehicles), Enforcement and Emergency Care, he said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

The total number of road accidents due to potholes in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 stood at 6,424; 9,423; 4,869 and 4,775, respectively, Gadkari said.

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He also pointed out that the number of accidents in 2019 declined by 4 per cent to 4,49,002.

The Minister also said that the government is taking steps to identification and rectification of black spots (accident-prone spots) on national highways. Road safety has been made an integral part of road design at the planning stage, he added.