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NEW DELHI: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to launch a four digit toll free number that will help road-users to save lives and ensure road safety.
The NHAI has decided to set up five call centres covering the eastern, western, northern, southern and central regions. They will be located in backward districts.
The decisions were taken in the light of the fact that more than one lakh people die in road accidents in the country every year, the highest in the world. The poor sections of people account for 70 per cent of the fatalities.
The social cost of road accidents has been estimated at 3 per cent of the GDP.
Tenders have been floated and the call centres are expected to be in place by the beginning of next year.
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