After Delhi, City Has Best Quality Roads, Among Safest to Drive
By Express News Service | Published: 10th January 2014 07:46 AM |
Despite people constantly complaining about the condition of the roads in the city, a study by insurance company ICICI Lombard rates the city second in the country after New Delhi for quality of roads.
The study, which took inputs from 987 respondents across Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Ahmedabad, also ranked Bangalore as one of the top three safest cities to drive in.
The survey revealed that 96 per cent of the respondents from the city were aware of emergency numbers to call for ambulances and Bangalore was also perceived by 77 per cent of the respondents as being the most proactive in helping accident victims.
However, knowledge of roadside assistance companies, garages are very low in the city and only a paltry 17 per cent believe that drunk driving must be stopped. 60 per cent of the men interviewed admitted that they spoke on mobile while driving. The city also ranked highest in terms of claims with ICICI Lombard for accidents involving private cars with 8 per cent of all claims originating from Bangalore.
Bangaloreans also feel that they are more skilled in driving than people in other cities. The study also revealed that breaking the speed limit and overtaking were the two most commonly violated rules by the people.
‘Facelift for city Roads by May-End’
Bangalore: Admitting to the sorry state of roads in the city, Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy promised to complete revamping road networks by the end of May at a cost of over `570 crore. Speaking to reporters, he said more than 240 roads will be re-asphalted, he said. “The state government has also released `600 crore to BBMP to take up works on creating signal-free corridors,” Reddy said.