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Here is How Ten of India's Top Cities Fared in the Maruti Suzuki India's Road Safety Index

The India Road Safety Index, calculated basis the participation and voting from both the public and industry experts in their respective cities, focusses on the key pillars of road safety.

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Updated:April 10, 2018, 12:57 PM IST
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Here is How Ten of India's Top Cities Fared in the Maruti Suzuki India's Road Safety Index
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Maruti Suzuki India Limited, the largest automobile manufacturer in the country, for the past four years, has undertaken the difficult task of campaigning the cause of road safety in India through the Indian Road Safety Mission.

The India Road Safety Index, calculated basis the participation and voting from both the public and industry experts in their respective cities, focusses on the key pillars of road safety. This year the initiative covered a total of ten cities with plans of expanding to more cities in the future. Here is how the cities fared in the rankings:

  1. Award for Best City - Pedestrian Rights went to Raipur.


The city was rewarded for its pro pedestrian provisions such as sidewalks, foot over bridges and bountiful subways. The rating was further helped by the cities pedestrian initiatives involving no car zones and street events.

 

  1. Award for Best City - Road Lighting & Maintenance went to Kolkata.


Kolkata took top honors thanks to its use of renewable and green energy, adequacy in maintaining lighting on important roads thereby furthering their usability.

 

  1. Award for Best City - Motor Laws & Traffic was taken by Chennai.


Though Chennai stood head and shoulders above the rest of the cities when it came to traffic police personnel deployment and in the use of technology to effectively manage traffic, it fared poorly when it came to ease of penalty evasion.

 

  1. Award for Best City - Emergency Services was grabbed by Ahmedabad.


The Gujarat Emergency Medical Services Act had a big hand in bagging Ahmedabad this award. It has also made a case for itself to be adopted by the rest of the country at the state level to improve emergency services response.

 

  1. Award for Best City -Road Cleanliness was scooped up by Indore.


Indore dominated this category in large part thanks to its efficient enforcement of laws related to cleanliness and availability of efficient garbage disposal mechanisms which resulted in the lowest levels of litter found on the roads in the study.

 

  1. Award for Best City – Connectivity went to Delhi.


Like Indore in the previous category, Delhi dominated the award, coming out tops in inter-city and intra-city connectivity thanks to its well thought out network of public transport and roads.

 

  1. Award for Best City - Road Transport Infrastructure was also won by Ahmedabad.


The award went to Ahmedabad due to its efficient drainage system, adequate parking infrastructure for two and four wheelers and well maintained markings on all transport and city infrastructure.

 

  1. Award for Best City - Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management went to Ahmedabad as well.
    With adequate motor signs and stringent regulations for plying heavy vehicles, Ahmedabad took home its third and final Award.


 

  1. Award for Best City - Differently-Abled Friendly was championed by Mumbai.
    Mumbai turned out to be the city most empathetic to the needs of its differently-abled denizens. It was also the best city when it came to providing mobility solutions for the differently-abled.


 

  1. Award for Best City -Road Quality was also won by Delhi.
    Although it ranked far ahead of other cities in terms of road construction quality and seasonal maintenance, Delhi fared worse than others when it came to the sheer volume of potholes and other breaks on its roads.


 

  1. Award for Best City - Road Safety was bagged by Raipur
    Raipur’s strong road safety culture, effective road safety awareness initiatives and campaigns, adequate road safety signs and banners coupled with the efficient implementation of dividers and speed breakers helped bring it this award.


  2. Award for Best City - Road Safety For Children was also netted by Kolkata


By monitoring its traffic around school and university areas through speed breakers, signage and through effective road safety awareness campaigns for children, Kolkata netted this award fairly easily.

Of the ten cities surveyed in the index, only Pune, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad fell short of bagging an award. Let’s hope the concerned authorities take notice and implement positive change while we, the public, should pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads. For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Index click here.

 

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| Edited by: Puja Menon
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