Road accidents are a regular feature and take a huge toll of human lives every year in the country. One reason cited for such accidents is the presence of improper road conditions in some parts of the country.
When the population was
sparse, guidelines were framed for India’s road networks. Today,
the population has increased manifold and would increase in the
future as well. Therefore, the subject matter of India’s road
networks assumes great importance especially from safety view point
of the commuting passengers on an everyday basis.
Debate should be initiated whether to go in for widening the roads
and make it a stricture for future road construction. There is a good
possibility that widening of roads may help in controlling road
I chanced upon a
site which says lanes are usually 11-12 ft. wide, so a road with two
lanes (each going in opposite direction) would be between 22 and 24
feet wide. A road with two lanes each going in opposite direction
would be between 44 and 48 feet wide. It is interesting to note that
India is one of those
countries in the world
having the largest road networks in the world, aggregating to about
33 lakh kilometers at present.
The National Highways, which is the responsibility of Central
Government, has the responsibility of overseeing the largest length
of roads of over 40 percent of the total traffic across the length
and breadth of the country. The break up is as follows:
National Highways/Expressways - 65,590 km
State Highways - 1,28,000 km
Major and other District Roads - 4,70,000 km
Rural Roads - 26,50,000 km
The National Highways have been classified depending upon the
carriageway width of the Highway. Generally, a lane has a width of
3.75 metre in case of single lane and 3.5 metre per lane in case of
multilane National Highways.
The following may help in controlling road accidents in the
- Widening of roads to a decent level should be thought of to become
a norm in the future for all road construction. Such a move will help
in flow of road traffic more smoothly.
- If roads
are in bad condition, appropriate notice boards should come up in all
such places especially in highways warning the drivers of different
vehicles to be cautious. If reasons are also indicated as to why such
roads are not in proper condition, travelling public including
drivers’ community would have reasons to get a feel of comfortable.
- It is also observed that in monsoon season, occurrence of road
accidents are more due to water logging or slippery roads. Therefore,
road maintenance departments, should again put notice boards in all
those places where such water logging or slippery roads are rampant.
Additionally, efforts should always be on to eliminate such road
condition with the help of better technology
and experts’ advice.
- Curves and
bends are also vulnerable points where road accidents occur. Proper
visible warning signs should be always appear in all such points.
With the help of experts’ advice, such points should be made more
safe oriented by construction of barricade, if warranted , on
sideways of such roads.
groups of people should keep visiting countries having best of the
roads in the world for bringing the same technology and style into
Indian roads in the future.