According to government guidelines, a black spot is classified as a location on a national highway that witnesses more than 10 accidents a year. According to the World Health Organisation, India has some of the world’s deadliest roads. Government data backs up this claim.
“Five lakh accidents take place in a year in the country, in which 1.5 lakh people die and another 3 lakh are crippled for life,” said Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari while announcing the plan. “So many people don’t die even in wars or extremism-related killings or due to diseases. This is a serious concern.”
In December last year, the government had identified 22 of the deadliest spots around the country which had resulted in the death of more than 95 people each between 2011-2013 and put them on a maximum priority list.
While the government has allocated funds and is now in the process of locating, investigating and fixing many of these spots, the available data does not inspire much confidence. Across the country, two out of every three black spots on the national highways are awaiting investigation or long-term solutions.
Black Spots in Rajasthan (pdf link - already shared with Pranay on mail).