On Monday, February 4, the Zero Fatality Corridor was launched in Delhi. The corridor is set up to gauge the cause of vehicular accidents on the stretch from Burari Chowk and Bhalswa chowk on the outer ring road. A similar corridor was set up on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
The initiative is a partnership between Delhi Government and a road safety non-profit organization under the name SaveLIFE Foundation. The goal of this initiative is to bring down injuries and deaths due to road accidents. As per the government, this move is inline with their plan to cut down accidents by 30% by 2020.
According to Delhi traffic police reports, in 2018, as many as 1690 people were killed, and 6086 people were injured in 6515 road crashes. The way the Zero Fatality corridor works is that it reduces deaths through a 360-degree intervention, specialized road engineering, increased police enforcement, rapid emergency care and road-user engagement.
The area that the ZFC will cover is the 3 kilometer stretch from Burari Chowk, Bhalswa Chowk, Jahangirpuri Bus Stand and Mukundpur Chowk which are regarded as some of the most dangerous stretches in the region. The stretches have claimed 67 lives in 2016 and 2017.
As of now, the initiative will only be operational in the specified areas. However, after gauging the response from citizens and its impact on traffic in the area, the initiative will spread all across the national capital. Additionally, they also aim to increase government and non-government organizational collaboration on key issues affecting citizens of the country.