Roadways is known to be the most reliable modes of transport; facilitating easy and fast movement of traffic with door to door services, also having comparatively lesser construction costs than railways.
Did you know that India has one of the largest road networks in the world aggregating to about 2.3 million km at present?
But as we break through reality we all know that not all roads are as smooth as they sound. Certain roads exist which contain potholes, cracks, or uneven surfaces that are unsafe to drive on; such roads are termed as 'Bad Roads'
Most of the good and safe roads in India or anywhere else in the world, are turned into bad roads because of being left under construction or due to natural calamities like floods, landslides or even because of simple causes like heavy rains and accidents.
Image courtesy ' Roadbounce - Mobile Technology to identify Road Condition and Traffic Safety Indicators.'
The picture shown above is an image of a National Highway passing through Solapur, India.
You can see that even though it is a National Highway, it's condition proves to be a major danger and obstacle for people to drive past. Even though we may ignore such roads and drive past them, we need to acknowledge the fact that they are very hazardous for all human beings. Everyday we read the paper, and we see that there are at least two to three articles about accidents caused due to the extreme conditions of roads.
Here are a few vital effects of untreated roads on our lives-
This is all very old and basic news.
Recent studies, show that due to the garbage and waste disposed near under construction and unused roads mixed with the air and rains in monsoon seasons is deteriorating the health of the people living in the nearby housing societies.
Precious human resources are essential for the development of a nation and we need to be careful in conserving such resources.
Let us take an example to elaborate this statement.
Suppose a person belonging to a rural household has an accident and he is not fortunate enough to have an insurance; unlike a person from an urban background.
We see that this victim will have to fall back on his asset(s) owned. And we know the effects can be even more dramatic for the poor in developing countries.
As we can see, traffic crashes can bring about a lot of difficulties on individual households, both in developed and developing countries.
Some of the basic precautions that we can take to avoid all these problems to ensure a safer and better future are-
Even though latest cars contain air bags, you need to be prepared first as we all know safety first!
Writing to the authorities responsible can be a helpful step in reducing the effects of bad roads.
Thus, consistent writing by a large number of people can prove to be fruitful for road transport. Petitions, awareness marches, emails and newspaper or website articles can be considered extremely important for pressurizing the government to fix such roads.
Now we all can understand that is why it is relevant and desirable to understand the social impacts, the causes, and the effects of road crashes in developing countries. And it is equally important to ensure an improvement in road safety around the world as a way of mitigating its negative effects on poverty reduction and economic growth.
To a better and safer world where road transport is immensely used and looked after, Ciao!