All of us have at one time or other bitched about road conditions and accidents in Chennai. The Government statistics too seem to agree with us. Last month there was a question in Lok Sabha about road accidents in the country.
In the annexure to the question, the Government gives city wise break up of the number of road accidents in metros. Chennai stands second, with only Delhi worse than us.
NUMBER OF CASES OF ROAD ACCIDENTS DURING 2004-2006 IN METRO CITIES:
CITIES 2004 2005 2006
CHENNAI 4873 7875 7359
DELHI 8218 8531 8385
KOLKATA 2164 2366 2379
MUMBAI 3340 4360 4151
TOTAL 18595 23132 22274
Look carefully. Of all the cities, Chennai’s road accidents have increased dramatically from 2004 to 2005. Is this due to (ironically) the increased number of road works all over the city? Or due to the expanded Greater Chennai Police limits? Or plain increase in number of bad drivers?
Whatever it is, be careful while on the road.