Bangladesh lost Tk1,00,454 crore due to road accidents in three years, says ARI
In the last years, 64 people lost their lives while over 150 people were injured in road accidents every day on average across the country, according to Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samiti.
A total of 43,856 people have died while 91,358 were injured in 31,793 road accidents in this time.
Md Mozammel Haque Chowdhury, general secretary of Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samity, said: "The present government made various promises before the election to ensure road safety, but in reality we can't see any progress in implementing them... We have been doing this survey from 2015 and in 2021, this report proves that the government is not working on this sector properly."
He said that after every major accident, the government frames rules but after a few days, those rules do not see the light of day.
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After the death of two students of Shaheed Ramiz Uddin Cantonment College in 2018, students launched an unprecedented movement in the country to demand safe roads.
At the time, the government was forced to take a few new initiatives for ensuring road safety but even then the death toll increased in 2019.
In 2018, 7,221 died in 5,514 accidents while in 2019, 7,855 died in 5,516 accidents.
"If we look at Tarek Masud's accident or even the road safety movement of 2018, we will see the same picture. In 2018, a nine-point demand was submitted to the government but now no one talks about that," he added.
ARI: Bangladesh lost Tk1,00,454 crore
According to the Accident Research Institute (ARI), Bangladesh lost Tk1,00,453 crore in the last three years due to road accidents.
In 2019, the economic loss due to road accidents was Tk38,096.04 crore in 3,937 instances.
In 2020 and 2021 the economic loss amounted to Tk32,877.9 and 29,479.9 crore respectively.
ARI Director Prof Md Hadiuzzaman said: "In 2021, the total loss is 1.11% of our GDP. According to our study, in the case of those who die in accidents, the age range is between 21 and 30. At this age, people just begin to earn."
"In 2011, we decided that we would reduce 50% of accidents within 10 years but we failed. Now we have revised the period and set the time to 2030. But we will not be able to reduce it unless we bring about a paradigm shift in our plan."
He emphasized that 75% of accidents take place on the highways because of the clash of high speed and slow-moving vehicles and suggested solving this problem first.