Install More Traffic Signals in Indore: Make India's Cleanest City, the Safest City Too

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5 children died in Indore on 5 January 2018 in a tragic accident involving a Delhi Public School bus. The bus driver lost control of the vehicle and the bus shot across a 2-feet divider, ramming into an 18-wheeler truck on the opposite side.

The accident scene was heart-wrenching. Tiny shoes and spectacles lay scattered on the road, school bags lay stacked under the bus seats. 

The incident shook the entire city. My husband, an intensivist (a physician who provides care to critically ill people), was shocked by the state in which the children were brought in -- four, small bodies that were brought dead and another child who eventually succumbed to injuries despite all resuscitative efforts.

A few others were grievously injured and one of these children had a brain haemorrhage requiring multiple neurosurgeries and prolonged ventilatory support. The child is still recovering from brain damage. 

The whole city grieved and mourned for those children. What had already happened couldn't be undone, but road accidents are not inevitable. They are largely preventable.

But statistics released by the Madhya Pradesh crime records bureau (SCRB) in 2016, revealed that road accidents claimed 9,758 in the state in 2015 compared to 9,292 fatalities in 2014.

Of the total road accident deaths, Indore accounted for the maximum number of 471. That's more than one death every day! 

The number of Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) that happen in Indore really scare me. Being a doctor and having worked in the trauma ward, I know how brutally fatal they can be. Even if we manage to save some victims, many end up having life-long orthopaedic, neuro-surgical and cosmetic complications. Life may never be the same again for them and their families. The trauma is never just physical, it also involves a lot of severe mental agony.

As per a national study, Indore ranks 5th in India for RTAs. During my daily commute, I have noticed crossings that are in dire need of traffic signals, the lack of which leads to many accidents and unruly traffic situations. The number of accidents can be brought down just by making sure that there are functional traffic lights at junctions with heavy traffic.

I feel immense pride that Indore has been declared the cleanest city of India for the second consecutive year. But let's also try and make it the safest!

Please sign my petition to request Smt Malini Gaur, Mayor of Indore and the Indore Municipal Corporation to ensure that traffic signals are installed at the following junctions and to also take stringent action against those who do not obey them.

Support me in making Indore's garbage-free roads, free of blood stains too. 

1. Saket Square

2. Patrakar Square

3. Maharaja Chhatrasal Square (Bombay Hospital ) 

4. Palasia Police Station

5. Teen Imli Chauraha

6. Apollo Square

7. Bada Ganpati Chauraha

8. Patnipura Malwa Mill 

9. IT Park Square

10. Rajiv Gandhi Circle

11. Choithram Square  

12. Sayaji Square