The Roads Of Tomorrow
Our children, the young of the world, the people who will live in this world tomorrow, and next generation. It is on them that the future of the world will depend. But before that, the onus is on us to provide them a world that is nurturing and helps them develop it further.
Unfortunately, by the looks of it, this itself is in jeopardy. In every sense, be it the planet & its environment, the world economy, and not in the least, the state of our roads; its is all in shambles! Is this the state of degradation that we will have our future generations inherit the planet?
The roads in India alone will present the biggest challenges & threats to progress for our future generations. In fact progress is a long way off, that ensuing generations can be guaranteed safety on our roads is in itself a big question mark. And sadly, the current state of affairs, and projections, do not bode well at all.
Indian roads today host more than 48 types of transport modes, with the vehicle count exceeding a staggering 10 crore. In a developing economy with a progressively wealthier middle class, this number is going to inflate manifold in the coming years. More vehicles, no roads, extreme danger! If not a vehicular accident, the increased pollution levels from the growing number of vehicles will cause irreversible damage to the planet & to the next generation!even the social cost of accidents on Indian roads that has been currently estimated at 11,000$ will rise substantially
Worst of all, road fatalities will become an ‘epidemic’ by the year 2030, with 90% of deaths on world’s roads occurring in low and middle-income countries exactly like India!
The condition of our roads is already at breaking point. Traffic jams & snarls, safety issues, rash driving, flouting laws & lawlessness, and an increasing load of vehicular traffic with no commensurate progress in infrastructure. Its a very very critical situation.
We need a Road To Change, and we need it now. Drastic steps have to be taken immediately to correct the state of our roads; and a healthy, joint collaboration is needed between the authorities and the civilian population. Co-operation, patience, and urgent action are the needs of the hour, if we are to give our next generation, a road-system that is usable, safe & viable!