New Delhi: On Monday, the Ministry of Transport and Highways said that a total of 22,656 pedestrians were killed in various incidents including 2,015 people who lost their lives on the roads due to potholes across India in 2018.
When asked in the Rajya Sabha, the ministry said that in 2018, 22,656 people were killed while in 2017, it was 20,457. A total of 15,746 pedestrians lost their lives in 2016 while in 2015, the number was 13,894.
In 2018, West Bengal had the highest number of pedestrians death with a number of 2,618. In 2017, it was Tamil Nadu with a number as high as 3,507. In 2018, the maximum number of deaths due to potholes happened in Uttar Pradesh with 1043 deaths followed by Haryana with 222 cases and then Maharashtra with 166 deaths.
In response to a question on the deaths due to potholes, the ministry said that due to awareness programme the figure has come down to almost one third compared to 2017 during which 9,423 accidents took place on roads with potholes where 3,597 people lost their lives on such roads.