Image: Before and after improvement, Mehsana-Himmatnagar State Highway-55, Gujarat, funded by World Bank GRSF.

India’s ability to achieve rapid, sustained development will be central to the world’s collective ambition of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and Targets 3 and 4 by 2030.

IndiaRAP, sponsored by FedEx, works closely with the World Bank Global Road Safety Facility to assess and inform the safety of their investment which totals USD$6.7 billion in Transport and ICT projects. Projects are delivered by local partners the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and State Public Works Departments.

Check out these blogs on three projects demonstrating life saving results:

  • Second Karnataka State Highway Project:  Supporting the adoption of a whole-of-government programmatic approach to road safety, results on the Belagavi – Yaragatti (62 km) State Highway corridor have been striking, slashing fatalities and injuries by more than 50 percent.
  • Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Road Sector Project: iRAP’s 2010 survey informed infrastructure improvements on the 138.6-km-long Kadapa to Renigunta safety demonstration corridor. Civil works on dangerous curves and junctions saw a 53 percent reduction in road crashes and 42 percent reduction in fatalities.
  • Second Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project: This project shows how relatively simple and affordable design treatments can make roads significantly safer whilst also achieving important benefits such as water conservation. iRAP carried out a study to identify road safety issues along the corridor and inform the Bank’s project design.

iRAP’s Business Case for Safer Roads shows that India’s achievement of >75% of travel on 3-star or better roads for all road users by 2030 stands to save over 83,000 lives each year.

Source: https://www.vaccinesforroads.org/business-case-for-safer-roads/

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