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India’s roads claim 150,000 lives a year, with more than 500,000 seriously injured, and the figures have been steadily increasing for the last 25 years, according to Government estimates. The human cost of this road safety crisis is enormous, and so is the impact on India’s economic outlook. A recent study by the World Bank with support from Bloomberg Philanthropies found that reducing road mortality and injuries by 50 percent could boost India’s GDP by as much as 14 percentage points of GDP over 24 years.
But India is now seizing a unique opportunity to reverse this trend. As part of a national push for modernizing and improving the country’s network, tens of thousands of kilometers of roads are being constructed by the central Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and state agencies. And they are committed to make road safety a central part of this effort.
This article first appeared on blogs.worldbank.org
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