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Value of a life II................

Apologies for delving into the same topic again. Certain incidents that happened recently made me to write again. On Friday, The Hindu carried a piece saying that four people killed in as many accidents in the roads of Chennai in one day. Every year more than 500 people die on the raods of Chennai. The death toll post-flooding in Mumbai is now reaching 200. The death of an eight-year old school boy in Hyderabad involving an over-crowded auto and a speeding car.
Here in London, it's been almost one year since I came here. The city is crowded and most roads are narrow and crowded like the ones in India. But, I have not witnessed a single road accident nor have I read of any deaths so far. Please dont mistake me for comparing between two unequals. But, I beleive that are things that we can learn from others. For example, the way the narrow roads are designed and laid out, the concept of bus lane in a one-way street (where buses are allowed to move in the opposite direction of one way in order to cut the travel time), placing of bus stops in the street, speed cameras and co-ordination between different modes of transport.
I am not here to argue that Chennai or India should adopt what London is doing. However, if there is will and true intention to protect those 500 lives that are lost every year, I beleive we can arrive at innovative solutions to bring it down to zero deaths. For this, all that we need is 'Zero Tolerance' for road deaths or any deaths that is avoidable. If companies adopting TPM or TQM could achieve 'Zero' defects in their production process. Some might argue it is a machine. But, it is designed and operated by man. Surely, we can achieve 'Zero deaths' in the roads of Chennai or due to floods or post-flood diseases.


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