For 25 years, on the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, we have come together to pay tribute to those impacted by road crashes. Is this enough? Is India doing enough to stop this preventable loss of lives?
Harish Baskar, Researcher - Consumer Protection
Covid 19 has been an upheaval of epic proportions in recent memory. It has impacted people's lives to an extent that no one would have imagined. India stands second in terms of the number of people affected by the pandemic.
Covid-19 has affected our mobility in a drastic manner. While there is a considerable reduction in road crashes in the short term, there could be delay in implementing the increased penalties and also reduction in investment on road infrastructure in the long term. This is also the time to re-look at our national priorities that must include healthcare for all, transportation, and livelihood so that we are ready when the next calamity hits us.
Harish takes a test ride of the “SmartBike” across Anna Nagar to understand how it can address the issue of last-mile connectivity.