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State loses Rs 1500 cr in road accidents every year




 A majority of the road accidents not only cost lives but also cause an estimated Rs 1,500 crore loss every year, say experts.

Despite having a strong motor vehicle Act to deal with tipsy drivers, no effective measures have been initiated at ground level, they feel.

While huge amount is spent every year for observing Road Safety Week to make people aware about road safety, the government itself does not appear aware of the fact in true sense, alleges Odisha Mada Mukti Abhiyan (OMMA) convener Pramilla Swain.

The percentage of casualties in road mishaps in the State can be reduced by at least 50 per cent with the joint efforts of the Excise, Transport and Police administration, she opines.

According to sources, over a lakh road accidents were registered in Odisha in the past 12 years in which 40,000 people died and over 50,000 seriously injured.

Out of the total number of road accidents across the State, around 60% are due to alcohol consumption, while reckless driving caused 30 per cent road accidents, the sources added.

According to official statistics, at least 24,000 people died in road accident the past 12 years in the state due to consumption of liquor and around 30,000 physically disabled besides causing loss to the tune of Rs 1500 crore. The statistics reveal that 4,303 persons died in road mishaps during 2015, while the number is more in 2016.

They said the State government was also responsible for changing the rules on opening liquor shop on Highways and allowed such shops within the 500 meter.






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