“It was in back in 2004, I was detected with Breast Cancer. My daughter was then just three-month-old, my son was six-year-old.
When a disease enters a household, it affects the entire family. Everyone gets scared when they hear the word “cancer”, but I did not get much scared, the reasons may be because my husband is a doctor and I am a medical staff. But No matter how much we are aware of this disease, there was a subdued fear working within us.
Though I left few things on destiny, I fought on my own and grew mentally stronger. Your family gives you probably all the support, but sometimes, they even lose hope and you have to struggle from that particular point.
I took the fight with cancer as a challenge to stand up for my kids. I knew I have to live, I had to fight because somewhere in my mind I always had this thought that I have to support my kids till they grow up and achieve something, I had to think for their future, for their security. I have grown strong seeing their innocent faces. I knew, if I died that time, my kids will not get that support.
Finally I went treatment after some months. One of my breast was removed. I was initially keeping well. I was keeping up with my daily chores as well as my office works, I also took time off to teach my kids.
Now coming to the other part of the story, I had a fibroid in my uterus for a long time. I was aware about it, and had consulted many doctors. The doctors had said that there’s nothing to worry much, and it does not need to be cut out from the body. But if it bleeds severely, it has to be removed.
After some years it started bleeding profusely. So the doctor suggested me to undergo the vasectomy operation. Initially the tests that were conducted did not find cancer. But after operation the found it cancerous. I was not that surprised, because I have already been through this once. But I broke mentally and physically. I wanted to keep up the fight thinking of my two kids. Again I opt for treatment. I chose to do radiotherapy. And by the grace of God, I am doing good. I still have some problems but I don’t pay to heed to them much. I always fight to stay well and live happily with my husband and two kids. My daughter in class 1 and son is in class 8.
My motto in life is to see my children growing up and standing on their own feet. I have lived my life and have been a happy mother and wife. I try really hard overcome the problems I face today.
My own family did not support me much. They stay far from me. Everyone else is leading their own life. So it was just my husband who supported me.”
Have you ever spotted a speeding car without a care for the traffic signal? Ever spotted a person rushing to the other side of the road when the traffic light is green? Ever seen bikers use pavements as roads to save a few minutes? Ever seen cars change lanes on highways or rush hour traffic on a whim? Well, so have thousands of other Indians.
Road safety in India is a serious concern. For a country that boasts the second largest road network in the world, it is inarguable that we need to pay more attention to our safety on roads – a place where we step out every day, spend a handsome amount of our time.
The government has come up with several regulations on road safety, but is this enough? Not if awareness around the topic is still lacking.
The intention behind the initiative is to bring together lawmakers, local authorities, traffic police and citizens under one umbrella.
The cities will be rated on parameters such as Pedestrian Rights, Road Lighting and Maintenance, Motor Laws and Traffic Control, Emergency Services, Road Cleanliness, Connectivity, Road Transport Infrastructure, Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management, Road Safety, Differently abled friendly, Road Quality and Road Safety For Children.
Here are the ten cities that were chosen for Road Safety Index 2018 and the reasons that make their roads safe or unsafe:
Mumbai has facilities for the differently-abled like reservations in public transports, special train compartments, concessions on fares, etc. The city that never sleeps scored the best when it comes to citizens’ participation in making the city accepting and warm toward the differently-abled. It won the category ‘Differently-Abled Friendly’.
However, there are areas of improvement – illegal hawkers, pavements and footpaths need to be fixed or reconstructed.
Anyone who hails from the capital of West Bengal knows about its recreational parks and brightly lit streets. Its traffic police deserve special mention for redirecting rush traffic every day as Kolkata roads are narrow and many are one-way streets.
During Durga Puja, the city tries to make Pandals differently-abled friendly by installing ramps.
It won the categories – ‘Road Lighting & Maintenance’ and ‘Road Safety For Children’.
But the City of Joy needs to work more on giving its residents #HappyRoads. Issues of waterlogging and numerous street hawkers, roadside vendors in busy areas need to be solved.
There’s no one who’s been to Delhi and not praised its excellent connectivity. Delhi prides itself for broad roads, top-notch metros, pavements and foot over bridges. The national capital surely serves as an example for cities across India when it comes to road connectivity hence, it won the categories ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Road Quality’ in the Road Safety Index.
While Delhi has made many of its public places differently-abled friendly, the areas that need improvement are long hours in traffic, fixing of roads that pose a hindrance to daily commute and rash driving by bikers.
The city boasts well-marked zebra crossings, adequate footpaths for pedestrians, underground SMART dustbins, reduced encroachments. Raipur fares well in almost all parameters of road safety. It won the category of ‘Road Safety’ and ‘Pedestrian Rights’.
However, the city could do better with stricter fines for traffic violators and awareness about road safety and garbage disposal.
Other cities can take inspiration from Chennai on how to ensure good road safety. The city has wide, well-connected roads that are lit properly. It also boasts rigorous night patrolling where traffic rules violators are fined. One of the best initiatives taken by Chennai is the separate parking space on city roads that prevent traffic from accumulating. It came out on top in the category ‘Motor Laws & Traffic Control’.
Areas where Chennai needs to improve are street lighting and cleanliness.
Indore is one of the few cities that has used plastic waste for construction of roads and covered garbage disposals, which explains why the city won the ‘Road Cleanliness’ category. Indore also has adequate zebra crossings, visual signals, street lights, footpaths.
But areas where the city needs improvement are – strict action against traffic violators, public spaces more differently-abled friendly.
There is a lot to learn from the road safety measures implemented by Ahmedabad – sound medical facilities, separate lanes for local buses, special cab service for differently-abled, wide roads. Ahmedabad won in the category ‘Emergency Services’, ‘Road Transport Infrastructure’ and ‘Heavy Vehicle Traffic Management’.
If the Heritage City improves road safety awareness among citizens, it’s bound to fare even better. Better street lighting and lesser encroachments will work in favour of Ahmedabad.
The other cities shortlisted were Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad but they didn’t win any category.
Maruti Suzuki’s initiative to rank cities will encourage citizens and administration to do better and emerge on top.
The Logical Indian community wholeheartedly appreciates the various initiatives undertaken by Maruti-Suzuki in this direction. Not only the government but we, as citizens of this country, should also pledge to make our roads safe. One of the first steps towards this is that we understand our duties.
We hope the authorities take a note while we pledge to do our own bit towards happier, safer Indian roads.
For more information about the Maruti Suzuki’s initiative and the Road Safety Indexclick here.