India’s Minister for Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, recently announced that the US will help India’s efforts to make its roads safe. The US will supply a variety of technology and software for intelligent traffic management.
The US has also promised technical cooperation for standardisation of the Indian code for road construction, bridges and flyovers.
In India, an average 0.15 million road accident fatalities occurs every year, and the country is in dire need of laws, infrastructure and technology for road safety.
In 2015, around 0.146 million people were killed in India, where over 87% of the total number of accidents occurred in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.
In India there are 96,000 kms of road length as national highways.
In the infrastructure sector, including new roads, ports, rail lines, and airport, India requires around $1 trillion over the next few years and the US companies can provide the expertise and the capital to enable the robust growth of the sector. The Indian government is also working on the new Road Safety Bill encompassing, stringent laws in reference to road safety.