Delhi government launches Zero Fatality Corridor

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Zero Fatality Corridor

Mains level: Steps for curbing fatalities in road accidents in India


News

  • The Delhi state govt has launched the ‘Zero Fatality Corridor’ (ZFC) to assess the cause for crashes on the stretch in the Capital.

Zero Fatality Corridor (ZFC)

  1. ZFC is to be run in partnership with SaveLIFE Foundation, a leading road safety non-profit organization.
  2. The initiative is aimed at bringing down injuries and deaths due to road crashes.
  3. It is in line with Delhi government’s plan of action to reduce fatalities due to road crashes by 30 per cent by 2020.
  4. Through the ‘Zero Fatality Corridor’ pilot project the aim is to reduce the fatalities to near zero levels on this particular stretch.
  5. After evaluating the impact of the initiative, the model will be replicated in other parts of the city.

Why such move?

  1. As many as 1690 people were killed, and 6086 people were injured in 6515 road crashes in 2018, according to Delhi traffic police.
  2. The ZFC model of the non-profit is known for reducing road crash deaths by 30% on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
  3. It reduces deaths through a 360-degree intervention, road engineering, police enforcement, rapid emergency care and road-user engagement.
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