As many as 150,000 lakh people die every year in 500,000 road accidents in the country, road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said in Lok Sabha on Thursday.
“It is very unfortunate that 150,000 people die in around 500,000 lakh road accidents that take place in the country every year. Road engineering can also be partly blamed for these high number of accidents,” he said during Question Hour.
Gadkari said the government has accorded highest priority in reducing the number of accidents and checking deaths on the road.
He said more underpasses and over-bridges will be constructed in national highways which pass through villages and towns so that all such accidents could be checked.
The minister said 14,268km road are being converted into four-lane roads at a cost of Rs.183,180 crore and their works will be completed by May 2019.
“An amount of Rs.62,046 crore has been incurred on the development of national highways including works of four- laning of NHs in various states during 2016-17,” he said.
Gadkari also said toll tax to the tune of Rs.43,721 crore was collected on NHs in the country in the last three years.
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