Friday, February 04, 2005

eVNDI - eV's National Development Index

Well, here's my own index to measure how developed a nation is: A nation can be categorized as developed or developing based on the number of human fatalities in deaths in mishaps - natural or otherwise. This issue has been puzzling me for some time now - how is it that while a train mishap in the US leads to loss of <10 lives, while those in India result in more than 50, if not 100, deaths? I can probably understand such mismatches in natural mishaps like earthquakes - poor enforcement of building construction rules etc can be blamed. But train mishaps, I just cant understand the huge scale of difference.

I had posted a query on why this happens in an internal forum at my college. And got a range of answers listed below:
1. far less crowding, one bogey in europe is 60 people, one bogey in Bombay is 300 people
2. better coaches
3. some sensor systems might have applied emergency brakes reducing the impact
4. Better post accident response which saves lives
5. window grills prevent escape...essentially antiquated coach design

Please do drop in your ideas on why this discrepancy exists.

Lemme close with a quote from a Chinese news web site " India's railway network operates nearly 14,000 trains a day, carrying more than 13 million passengers, but has about 300 accidents a year"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. I was commenting abt this to someone yday i think. Basically had 2 consecutive headlines. The first one said something to the effect "Plane crash in ____(some state in the us). All passengers safe" and the next one said "Train accident in India, 50 dead, 10 injured"!!!
Granted that the plane crash without casualties is rather improbable but thot it made an interesting comparison

yhac(your habitually anon commenter)

February 04, 2005 10:11 PM  

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