- In the year 2017, Maharashtra has witnessed 35,853 accidents, and over 12,000 people have lost their lives, of which 2,789 deaths occurred in rural areas.
- More than 20,000 passengers have been severely injured in these accidents.
- In the first three months of 2018, from January to March – 9,243 accidents have occurred, killing 3,361 people.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has admitted these shocking figures, in the on-going session of the Maharashtra assembly. While answering a question raised by the MLA’s, the Chief Minister has stated this in his written reply.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated,
Out of the total accidents, a whopping 73% of the cases have come from the rural areas. And the casualty rate is as high as 83%.
Compared to the rural areas the urban areas have recorded 27% of the total accident cases. While the mortality rate is 17%.
As per the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) report, in 2015, Maharashtra ranked third in terms of the total accidents in India.
CM Fadnavis has admitted that the Mumbai-Goa, Mumbai-Pune, and National Highway number 166 have together have claimed 938 lives in the past four years. And over 3,000 people have been injured. He had also stated that the accidents have happened due to various reasons, the driver’s negligence is one such reason.