When the motorists all through the country are uniting their voice against the new MV Act amendment and are asking for better road infrastructure, the Deputy Chief Minister has made a bizarre statement. The newly-elected deputy chief minister of Karnataka, Govind Karjol said that good roads are the reason behind more accidents in India.
In India, the new MV Act was implemented on 1st September and apart from a few states, all other states and UTs have adopted the new laws. The prime reason behind the implementation of the new amended MV Act is to bring down the high number of accidents and fatalities on the Indian roads, as per the government. However, the deputy CM’s comment has now become viral on the social media platforms and is getting a lot of comments in return.
Govind Karjol, Deputy CM, Karnataka, said to media,
Every year the state witnesses around 10,000 road accidents. The media said the reason for that was bad roads but I said no, in fact, the reason was good roads,
Karnataka government is planning to lower the fines in the new MV Act. Gujarat govt recently slashed the fine amounts by up to 90%. The chief minister of Karnataka VS Yediyurrappa said that he has directed his government to reduce the traffic violation fines and study the new rules implemented by the Gujarat govt. He said that the Karanataka is planning to put the same rules and fines as Gujarat. It should be noted that Gujarat removed the mandatory pillion rider helmet and also brought down the fine for triple riding on a two-wheeler by 90%.
Laxman Savadi, another deputy CM who also holds the transport portfolio of the Karnataka State. he said that will get all the details in the fines made by Gujarat government and make a similar law for the state.
Speaking to the media, Laxman Savadi, deputy CM, Karnataka said,
“Common people shouldn’t be burdened by the fines. Even though we might get additional funds, our intention is to come to the aid of the common people. In three-four days we will look at the changes elsewhere and take necessary action,”
There are a number of accidents caused by the potholes in the recent past. In Mumbai last year, a scooter rider fell in front of a truck after hitting a pothole. She was crushed by the truck in the incident. An autorickshaw overturned after hitting a pothole and got crushed under it. He later died in the same evening.
India has one of the worst roads in the world and still retains the top spot when it comes to the number of accidents on the Indian roads. In fact, the bad roads increase the number of accidents, especially at night when the visibility goes down. It is the strict regulations by the government and the authorities, which will bring down the number of accidents, not the number of potholes on the roads.