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Maruti opens booking for new WagonR

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Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Monday announced opening of bookings for its upcoming version of WagonR. Customers can book the third generation WagonR at its authorised dealer network across the country at an initial payment of Rs 11,000, the company said.

Moreover, the customers can also opt for online booking on the company’s website, it added.

The new car will be launched on January 23.

The ‘Big New WagonR‘ will be available with a new 1.2 litre petrol engine option along with another choice of 1 litre engine. It will also be offered in automatic gear shift variant, the company said.

The new vehicle has been developed on the Suzuki’s fifth generation HEARTECT platform, “which makes the car stable, strong and safe,” it said.

Use of high tensile steel has improved the overall safety, rigidity and NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) performance in the new offering.

It also has safety features including driver airbag, ABS (anti-lock braking system) with EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution) and front seat belts reminder, speed alert system and rear parking sensors.

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd had said it would hike its car prices by up to Rs 10,000 for select models with immediate effect to offset adverse impact of increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates.

Maruti Suzuki India in a regulatory filing said prices would go up “for select models owing to increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates etc. The price change varies across models and ranges up to Rs 10,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)”.

The new prices were effective from January 10, 2019.

Currently, Maruti Suzuki cars start from the entry-level Alto 800 to the premium crossover S-Cross priced between Rs 2.53 lakh and Rs 11.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki had cut its sales forecast to 8% from an earlier projection of double digit growth.

It expects the fourth quarter to bring back the momentum in the passenger vehicle sales, which have seen a flat growth for last 5-6 months.

Nisha Shiwani has worked in many companies in various capacities and in her free time loves to express herself through her articles. She is based out of the pink city Jaipur.

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Maruti Suzuki hikes car prices by up to Rs 10,000 for select models

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Maruti Suzuki India Ltd Wednesday said it will hike its car prices by up to Rs 10,000 for select models with immediate effect to offset adverse impact of increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates.

Maruti Suzuki India in a regulatory filing said prices will go up “for select models owing to increase in commodity prices and foreign exchange rates etc. The price change varies across models and ranges up to Rs 10,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)”.

“The new prices are effective from January 10, 2019, ” it added.

India’s largest carmaker did not specify which car models will become costlier post this price hike.

Currently, Maruti Suzuki cars start from the entry-level Alto 800 to the premium crossover S-Cross priced between Rs 2.53 lakh and Rs 11.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Shares of Maruti Suzuki were trading 0.09 per cent higher at Rs 7,472.45 apiece on the BSE.

Earlier, Maruti Suzuki had cut its sales forecast to 8% from an earlier projection of double digit growth.

It expects the fourth quarter to bring back the momentum in the passenger vehicle sales, which have seen a flat growth for last 5-6 months.

“We recorded a good growth in the first quarter at around 10.5%, subsequent which there was a flat growth. But we expect this to return in last quarter taking overall growth for this fiscal at 8%,” Maruti Suzuki India chairman R C Bhargava said.

Last year, the company had said it was looking at a double-digit sales growth in the current fiscal.

After the first quarter, sales have been flat for Maruti Suzuki mainly in third quarter while the industry saw negative growth. There are historical instances of sales being lower in a pre-election year and picking up substantially again in the election year, he said.

“We have done an analysis of the past numbers and the conclusion is that sales always fell in the last two pre-election years,” he said.

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Nissan plans another round of recall after hit by ‘improper’ test scandal

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Nissan plans to conduct another recall owing to “improper” tests on new vehicles, a newspaper said Thursday, dealing a fresh blow to the Japanese car giant following the shock arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.

The latest issue was uncovered after transport ministry officials conducted on-site inspections at Nissan’s major assembly plants, the Nikkei business daily said.Several employees admitted they carried out “improper” tests on brake and other systems before shipment, the newspaper said, without specifying how many cars were affected.Nissan plans to make an announcement on the case later this month and is considering recalling any vehicles improperly tested, it added.

Immediate confirmation of the report was not available.The manufacturer was forced to recall more than one million vehicles last year after admitting staff without proper authorisation had conducted final inspections on some units intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.

In a separate case that erupted in July, Nissan admitted data on exhaust emissions and fuel economy had been deliberately “altered”, hampering its efforts to recover trust after the inspection scandal.If confirmed, it would represent another blow to the company, which has been rocked since Ghosn was arrested on November 19 on allegations he under-reported his salary by millions of dollars over five years.Ghosn denies any wrongdoing. The ousted chairman is expected to face a further accusation of under-reporting his salary by about four billion yen (USD 35.5 million) over the past three years, Japanese media reported.

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Toyota to hike prices of vehicles across models by up to 4% from January 1

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Toyota Kirloskar Motor Tuesday said it will increase prices of its vehicles across models by up to 4 per cent from January 1, 2019, to offset increasing manufacturing costs due to rupee depreciation.

The company considered the price hike after periodically reviewing the continuous pressure of increasing manufacturing costs, which is also a general industry phenomenon, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said in a statement.

There has been an impact in the cost of manufacturing of vehicle primarily due to rupee depreciation,” the company said.

Toyota has been absorbing the additional costs all this while, protecting the customers from price increase, it added.

“However, due to the continued pressure of high costs, we have to pass on a part of it to customers. Toyota is considering a price increase of up to 4 per cent across models with effect from January 1, 2019,” it said.

The company currently sells a range of vehicles starting from hatchback Liva to luxury SUV Land Cruiser, which are priced between Rs 5.25 lakh and Rs 1.41 crore.

Meanwhile, General Motors Co said on Monday it will cut production of slow-selling models and slash its North American workforce in the face of a declining market for traditional gas-powered sedans, shifting more investment to electric and autonomous vehicles.

The announcement is the biggest North America restructuring for the U.S. No. 1 carmaker since its bankruptcy a decade ago. Its shares rose 7.6 percent to $38.66.GM plans to halt production next year at three assembly plants: Lordstown, Ohio; Hamtramck, Michigan; and Oshawa, Ontario. It will also stop building several models now assembled at those plants, including the Chevrolet Cruze, the Cadillac CT6 and the Buick LaCrosse. The Cruze compact car will be discontinued in the U.S. market in 2019.

Plants in Baltimore, Maryland, and Warren, Michigan, assembling powertrain components will have no products assigned to them after 2019 and are at risk of closure, GM said. It will also close two unidentified factories outside North America.”We are right-sizing capacity for the realities of the marketplace,” Chief Executive Mary Barra said, adding that GM will double resources dedicated to electric and self-driving vehicles over the next two years.

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Working overtime to meet BS-VI norm ahead of April 2020 deadline: Maruti

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With the Supreme Court fixing April 1, 2020, deadline for the sale of only BS-VI-compliant vehicles, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) is working ‘overtime’ to make over 40 variants of powertrains across more than 15 models meet the stricter emission norms, according to a senior company official.
The company has also reinforced manpower in its engineering and research and development in order to be able to meet the Bharat Stage (BS) VI norms for its fleet ahead of schedule.
“We are working very hard, we are working overtime. No other manufacturer has this kind of work which they have to do. We have the largest number of model portfolio and the largest number of powertrains,” MSI Senior Executive Director C V Raman told PTI.
He was responding to a query on how the Supreme Court’s order last month to stop selling BS-IV vehicle across the country from April 1, 2020, has altered MSI’s preparation for BS-VI emission norms.
Earlier in 2016, the Centre had announced that India would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms. It had stated that from April 1, 2020, only vehicles complying with the latest emission norms would be manufactured while giving three months to automobile firms for the transition to start selling BS-VI vehicles.

However, citing air pollution issues, the apex court said no BS-IV vehicles would be allowed to be sold across the country from April 1, 2020.
Elaborating on the scale of work MSI is undertaking in order to meet the new stricter emission norm, Raman said, “We have more than 15 models and more than 40 variants of powertrains, which is a combination of engine and transmission. So, we will have to ensure that we have to do all of these ahead of schedule.” When asked if MSI would be able to make all of its existing models meet BS-VI norm, he said, “We are working on it definitely and we will ensure that customers get BS-VI. We will try to do ahead of time.” On manpower reinforcement for the new emission norm, Raman said, “Yes, we have been continuously upgrading our people at our facilities both at Rohtak and at Gurgaon.” He said the company had to deploy more people not to just meet the BS-VI norms but also other safety regulations which had come into effect this year.
While he did not specify the number of people deployed for the project, Raman said, “It is a substantial number, specially on the powertrain (for activities such as) engine design, calibration and testing.” Moreover, additional manpower has been utilised in areas such as transmission design, quality assurance and body changes, he added.
Stating that BS-VI works are simultaneously happening at the company’s R&D centre at Rohtak and Gurgaon facility along with Suzuki in Japan, Raman said the company is also working with suppliers such as Dentsu, Bosch and others.
“There is no choice for us, we have to do it. For us, it is do or die,” he said.

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All new Hyundai Santro

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23rd October, the hyundai santro 2018 launch date, the car finally launched in India. Hyundai santro 2018 price, starting from RS. 3.89 lakh going all the way up to RS. 5.46 lakh. The new Santro is available across five variants for the petrol manual i.e., D- Lite, Era, Magna, Sportz and Asta. The CNG manual version and the petrol AMT version gets two variants each- the mid-spec Magna and the very well equipped Sportz. As of now, there will not be a Hyundai Santro diesel version available.

Hyundai Santro Exterior
The new Santro packs a sharper Design that is in accordance with the design direction adopted by all modern day Hyundai’s. Upfront, it gets the cascading grille as also sweptback headlamps. Above this setup are the upward sweeping angular headlamps. The new Santro is available only with a set of 14 inch steel wheels with wheel covers and there are no alloy wheels on offer, even on the top of the line Asta trim. There are ORVMs with LED turn indicators and a Honda BR-V like kink which increases the glass area on the rear door windows.
Santro interior
Coming to the hyundai santro 2018, one of the biggest plus points are the rear AC vents. The other big update is the addition of a a 7 inch touchscreen infotainment system which support both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with a rearview camera. Other features includes electric power steering, rear washer and wiper, electrically adjustable ORVMs and reverse parking sensors. For safety, the Santro comes equipped with driver’s airbag along with ABS and EBD as standard across the variant lineup, while the Asta variant gets an additional passenger airbag as well.
Hyundai Santro performance
For the Santro, Hyundai has revived it’s 1.1 liter Epsilon engine. You get to choose between petrol and CNG powered Santro, and Hyundai is available with 5 speed AMT as well. The 4-cyl petrol engine produces 69 PS of power and 99Nm of torque. The manufacturer is also offering a factory fitted CNG kit. This variant puts out 59PS/84Nm. Hyundai santro mileage is 20.3 kmpl for the petrol and 30.48 km/kg for the CNG versions.
Verdict
The new Hyundai Santro, manages to deliver a lot that’s new for the segment. Besides offering a well-loaded features list, it has managed to give better in terms of interior quality. Hyundai Santro price is affordable and it the car is capable of giving the buyers a premium car feeling. If you are looking to buy a well equipped, easy to drive and comfortable family car, the new Hyundai Santro is well is a good choice.

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2018 Tata Tiago JTP, Tigor JTP Unveiled in India, Launch on October 26

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Tata Motors has revealed the production model and specifications of the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP. Both models were first revealed by Tata Motors during the 2018 Auto Expo. Both the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP will launch on October 26. The JTP versions of the Tiago and Tigor have come about thanks to the partnership between Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives Pvt. Ltd. Back in March 2017, JT Special Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. (JTSV), a 50:50 joint venture between Tata Motors and Jayem Automotives Pvt. Ltd., was launched to develop special performance vehicles based on the new generation products from Tata Motors’. Tata Motors had three basic aspects in mind when it comes Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP – enhanced engine output & performance, sporty exterior & interior design and improved driving dynamics.
When it comes to the design elements, the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP cars come with an aggressive front bumper with large trapezoidal lower grill, dual chamber projector headlamps with chrome rings, 15-inch diamond cut dual tone wider 6.5J alloy wheels, sporty side skirts for a dynamic profile, contrast coloured outside mirrors, dual tone exterior with glossy black roof & rear spoiler and a boldJTP badge on front grill, fender vents and rear.
Furthermore, both the cars get all-black interiors with red accents on AC vents, leather-wrapped steering with contrast red stitching, seat fabric with red hexagonal motif and red double stitching on the seats and gearshift gaiter act as unique differentiators for the cars. Aluminium pedal extensions are also featured to further add to the sporty appeal. Tata Motors has also equipped both cars with its ConnectNext infotainment system by Harman which is paired with 8 speakers and with an app suite and voice command recognition.
Coming to the business end of things, both vehicles will be powered by the 1.2L turbocharged Revotron petrol engine which delivers 114PS of power and 150Nm of torque. Both the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP get performance oriented intake and exhaust systems as well. The Tata Tiago JTP. According to Tata, the Tiago JTP will do 0-100kph in 9.95 seconds while the Tigor JTP will take 10.38 seconds. Both cars get a 5-speed manual transmission which also gets multi-drive modes – Sport and City for performance or efficiency while negotiating everyday traffic respectively.
On the safety front, the Tiago JTP and Tigor JTP get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and corner stability control. Both performance oriented cars get a tuned suspension setup for better ride control, calibrated electric power-assisted steering with active return along with a lowered ride height and wider tyres.

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Choosing the best way for selling cars

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Owning a car will involve a lot of important responsibilities. Bringing home your car does not stop there. You have to make sure that it is always up and running. You might need to bring it to a car service on a regular basis.
There may come a time when you need to sell it. Know that there are different ways for selling cars and choosing the right option is not easy. Good thing, experts have put together a simple guide to help you choose the best way to go about it. Regardless of whether you want to get the best price or trade-in on a new car, one of these options can be the right for you.
How to sell a Car?
Selling Privately – Selling a car privately will give you the power to better negotiate so you can get the best price. Prior to advertising it, you must set your asking price depending on the market value of your car. Also, you need to photograph it in order to show it off to possible owners. It is also very crucial for you to document all the details prospective buyers would want to know. Fixing any damage will likewise help you get more for your car.
Selling to a Dealer – This is an option for those who do not have time to do so. This is indeed the fastest and the most stress-free way of disposing a car. But prior to approaching a dealer, you have to do your research so you can get an idea about what your car is worth. If you choose to trade in the car, the dealer often has some cushion in the pricing for negotiation; hence, you must be prepared to bargain. Alternatively, you can just sell the car to the dealer when you want to sell fast and is not very much concerned with achieving the maximum sale value.
Car Buying Service – This is likewise another great option for people living busy lives or those who need money fast. There are services giving customers a free instant valuation online. This is indeed a great place to begin the selling process.
Auctions – This allows you to get the open market price for your car. Auctions load images of the car for viewing online and help generate wider reach and exposure. With more and more people attending different auctions every week, the car will definitely get plenty of exposure and interest. Be reminded though to perform your research as well as set a very realistic price for a quick sale.

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Renault Kwid Electric Concept Car

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Renault has officially revealed a new electric concept car at the ongoing Paris Motor Show 2018. The electric concept car is based on the Kwid hatchback and the Kwid Electric has been named as Renault K-ZE concept.
Developed by e-GT New Energy Automotive Co.
The electric car has been developed by e-GT New Energy Automotive Co. The company is a Joint venture between China’s Dongfeng Motor Group and Nissan.
First country to receive Kwid Electric will be China
The first country to receive the Kwid Electric will be China, where the electric vehicle is set to go on sale in 2019. After that, Renault could launch the car worldwide. India could be one of the target markets as the Government has been pushing for an earlier adoption of electric vehicles. It expected to be introduced in India some time early in the next decade.
Design and interiors
The electric version looks similar to the standard model. But the Renault K-ZE concept features subtle changes such as sleeker headlights, a bigger grille, gigantic wheels, revamped bumper with a prominent scuff plate and larger fog lamps.
Renault has not revealed the technical specifications yet but the manufacturer says the K-ZE is capable of being driven as much as 250 km on a single charge. It’s also equipped with a dual charging system that is compatible with domestic chargers as well as commercial charging points. The charging port is located on the front right fender of the car. Apart from getting a spacious and comfortable cabin, the K-ZE gets features such as rear parking sensors, rear-view camera and a central screen with connected navigation and services.
Thoughts on the Renault Electric concept car
The Renault K-ZE concept has been designed to offer an electric mobility solution to the mass market with affordable prices. The highlight of the Renault EV will be its range, which Renault claims to be 155 miles (250 km) as per NEDC (New European Driving Cycle).

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Mahindra Marazzo to take on Maruti Ertiga

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Mahindra & Mahindra had unveiled the all-new Marazzo, a 7-8 seater people carrier, which has been introduced as a direct rival to the ageing Maruti Ertiga in the MPV segment.
Mahindra Marazzo is built on a completely new platform and is first of the three launches of the year committed by the company. It has been designed and engineered using M&M’s three resources based in India, the US (Mahindra Automotive North America) and Italy (Pininfarina).
The Mahindra Marazzo is ready to take on its rivals including Maruti Suzuki Ertiga but does it have the goods when it comes to specifications?
Have a look at the comparison between Marazzo and Ertiga
Exterior and styling
The Marazzo is inspired in its styling cues by a shark, something which is evident all around the vehicle. The grille gets vertical slats as seen on other Mahindra products, but with shark-like teeth appearance. The bumpers has stylish air damps while the twin-barrel swept-back headlamps add to the aggressive fascia. There are LED DRLs on the fog lamps with chrome inserts and lots of black treatment. The MPV sits on 17-inch alloy wheels with disc brakes on all four corners. The large shark-fin-like tail lamps dominate the rather simple-looking rear.
Considering Ertiga, The large wrap-around headlamps, chrome inserts on the grille, Swift-like bumpers and small tail lamps make the design to appear a little outdated. The design has remained the same since its introduction in 2012 except some very small changes three years back.
Interior and features
The cabin of the Marazzo car has a well laid-out dashboard with seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system and the gear-lever dominating the centre console. The instrument cluster is all-new with a unique purple backlit integrating a multi-function display screen between the twin pod clusters. The buttons and switches have been appropriately laid out within reach. The middle row seats can be folded flat as per convenience. The third row also seems to be very spacious . The new feature is the longitudinally-roof-mounted rear AC.
The all-beige cabin of the Ertiga makes it look more spacious than it actually is. The dash is simple with everything designed to make it more practical and appealing. It has the new infotainment screen which is a big benefit. The instrument cluster and steering wheel are all functional with no confusion at all. It also gets a decent standard feature list as well.
Engine and performance
The Marazzo is introduced with a 1.5-litre diesel engine that produces 123 HP and 300Nm of torque. The transmission is only a six-speed manual at the moment, but a petrol variant and automatic versions will be available soon . The transverse mounted FWD setup engine has been designed by AVL.
The Ertiga gets two engine options. The petrol is a 1.4-litre unit that produces 94bhp and 130Nm which can be had with a five-speed manual or a four-speed AT. The diesel, on the other hand, is the 1.3-litre Multijet unit that produces 90bhp and 200Nm of torque and has been mated with the five-speed manual. It comes mated to the SHVS hybrid technology as well.
Pricing
In terms of pricing, the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga starts at Rs 6.77 lakhs while the top-spec diesel is priced at Rs 10.95 lakhs. The Marazzo, on the other hand, starts at Rs 9.99 lakhs and go all the way up to Rs 13.90 lakhs.
Verdict
Mahindra Marazzo’s superior shark-inspired design is truly unique and is bound to emerge as a head-turner on the roads. Marazzo is competitively priced and has several of the advanced features that add comfort and luxury for users.

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Incidents of fatal roads and vehicular accidents on the rise in Uttarakhand

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The dreaded accidents of motor vehicles killing people on the spot is on the uncontrolled rise in Uttarakhand with not a single day left when incidents are not occured in this hilly state. There are head on collisions, accidents of buses, jeeps and cars falling in deep gorge, rash driving by unwary drivers, driving under the influence of alchohal, using cell phones while driving or over working hours that leads to their napping n finally fatal accidents killing innocent passengers for no fault of theirs.

Just yesterday a car heading towards Kotdwar from Shrinagar, Garhwal met with a dreaded accident killing three persons of Patti Jaintolsiun, Pauri Garhwal on the spot with injured dead bodies beyond recognition. The speeding car fell deep down in the gorge near historic Jwalpa Devi temple, near Dugadda, Satpuli yesterday.

The impact of the fall of the speeding car was so powerful that the car chasis has been badly smashed like a badly hammered vehicle making it shapeless and fully squeezed as a bundle.

The picture below is enough to prove home the point as to how serious and severe, the accident was.

Such accidents are very common in Uttarakhand with the killing of entire marriage party comprising of 45 people, on the spot, as witnessed few months ago.

The transport department of Uttarakhand and the concerned authorities has to take serious suo motto of such incidents and ensure that such accidents do not occur or at least reduced in future by way of giving adequate training to drivers, erecting precautionery signboards on every dangerous turns in the hill areas, strictly restricting the drivers to consume liquor and using mobile phones while driving and giving them limited or fixed hours of driving duties etc.

But it has been experienced that the transport department, the local police and the government of the state is least concerned or bothered to rectify the situation by being alert or duty bound on this front.

It’s shocking and anguishing to note that not a single or negligible number of deceased (s) killed in such accidents have been adequately compensated by the transport department of Uttarakhand government, despite the legal n constitutional obligations to do so. It’s primarily the responsibility of the state government to financially compensate the families of the deceased who are usually from the poor and economically deprived classes.

If we go by the figures of these accidental deaths, the statistics present a grim picture.

In the first eight months of 2016, there were more than a dozen deadly road mishaps in the hills of Uttarakhand. In all, there were 1075 road accidents in the first eight months of 2016 in which 641 deaths took place and over 1,000 injuries.

In 2015, there were 955 accidents in which 584 persons died and several hundred injured, most of them permanently disabled.

According to official data published in TOI earlier,, the number of road accidents has increased over the years.

In 2001, 698 people died in road accidents across the state and the number rose to 962 in 2016. In 2015, 913 people had been killed in road accidents while 878 lives were lost in road accidents in 2014.
Interestingly, in almost all the accidents, the drivers were locals, who are well acquainted with the routes. ”Some may be over-confident, others negligent,” revealed sources.

Often, drivers ferrying tourists make haste on these roads, trying to complete a 10-day package in eight days, resulting in such ghastly mishaps. Then there are those who are drunk or drive rashly. Overloading is another problem.

A drive from Rudraprayag till Kedarnath shows that the state government has also not done enough. At several vulnerable places, there are no crash barriers, which can be life-saving.

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