“Around 20 accidents a month,” pegs IndiaUnheard Community Sunita Kasera who made a video on the killer stretch of National Highway 11 that mainlines through her town of Karauli in Rajasthan. Narrow roads with not enough space for two vehicles to pass each other. Smooth flat roads with no rumblers to check speeding. Blind turns across high hills. Dense heavy vehicle traffic and an unwilling administration. It comes together into the perfect recipe for a highway to hell disaster-zone.
“The majority of the local population in Karauli either walks, cycles or drives a two-wheeler,” says Sunita. “Caught between the speeding trucks and tricky road, these people are the most vulnerable. Since the road not only connects one end of Karauli to the other but is also the highway in and out of the town, it is one of the busiest roads in the region and one which nobody can avoid. You have use the road to go to the market, to take your children to school….”
So why doesn’t the administration do something about the situation?
“Everytime there is an accident, there is some one who comes to take a look. Even the collector has been on the spot a few times. But there has been no change. All they have done is put up a board with a skull and cross-bones and scribbled the word ‘danger’ across.”
“As if we had no clue about it!”