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1.5 lakh people die in five lakh accidents every year: Nitin Gadkari


62% of those killed are in the 18-35 age group: Gadkari

Every year, around 1.5 lakh people are killed in five lakh accidents across the country, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, and expressed remorse that his Ministry could not reduce these numbers despite taking several measures.

The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways was speaking in Nagpur at a Road Safety Week function, which began across the country on Saturday and will culminate on January 17.

“Five lakh accidents take place in the country every year and around 1.5 lakh people are killed, and between 2.5-3 lakh people are injured. The GDP loss to the country is two per cent. Besides, 62% of those killed in road accidents are in the 18-35 age group,” Mr. Gadkari said.

He lamented that his Ministry could not reduce the number of accidents despite putting in a lot of effort.

The Minister praised Tamil Nadu for bringing down the number of road accidents by 29% and fatalities by 30%.

He said awareness and adherence to traffic rules among people, and united efforts by police, RTOs, NGOs among others were key to reducing accidents.

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