Gadkari said that under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles (FAME) Phase-II scheme, 2,877 public EV charging stations in 68 cities and 1,576 EV charging stations on 9 expressways and 16 highways have been approved. has been given. Referring to the data of Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Union Minister Gadkari said that a total of 2,826 public charging stations are operational in the country.
Replying to a separate question, he said there are 27,25,87,170 registered vehicles in India, which is 13.24 per cent of the total 2,05,81,09,486 vehicles registered in 207 countries. Asked whether the ministry has been receiving complaints related to illegal toll collection under Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) agreements after the expiry of the period, Gadkari replied in the affirmative. “Complaints have been received in National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) from All India Motor Transport Congress and Kolhapur District Lorry Operators Association regarding collection of user charges,” he said.
Responding to another query, the Minister said that till June 30, 2022, BOT operators are collecting user charges at 214 fee plazas as per their concession agreement with NHAI.
Gadkari said that in the last eight years, the construction of 21 tunnels of 36.14 km on national highways has been completed and work on 56 tunnels of 95.08 km is in progress. Replying to another question, the minister said there are 1,056 male and 1,060 female toilets on national highways across the country.
Rajasthan has 112 male and 113 female toilets on national highways, while Tamil Nadu has 66 male and 66 female toilets. There are 69 toilets for men and 63 for women on the national highways of Madhya Pradesh.
India’s condition in road accidents is worrying
Citing World Road Statistics (WRS) data from International Road Federation, Geneva, Gadkari said that 1.5 lakh people died in road accidents in India in 2020, which is 26.37 percent of the total road accidents recorded in 207 countries.
Overspeeding was cited as the main cause of accidents in the 2020 Road Accidents Report. Over speeding accounted for 69.3% of accidents, while driving on the wrong side of the road accounted for 5.6% of accidents.
Tamil Nadu had the highest number of road accidents in 2020, but Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of people who lost their lives in accidents. Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala were among the major states with significant reduction in road accident deaths.
India is one of the countries with the highest number of deaths in road accidents. According to a report by the Ministry of Transport, about 4.50 lakh road accidents occur every year in the country, in which 1.50 lakh people die. This figure is the highest in any other country in the world. Road accidents have been cited as the main reason for disability in India.