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IIT Madras' Centre of Excellence for Road Safety launches 'Sanjaya' location intelligence tool in Haryana

IIT Madras' Centre of Excellence for Road Safety launches 'Sanjaya' location intelligence tool in Haryana

  • 19th Jan 2024
  • Press Release

Indian Institute of Technology Madras' (IIT Madras) Centre of Excellence for Road Safety (CoERS) has launched a new location intelligence platform called 'Sanjaya' in Haryana on Thursday (18th Jan 2024).

It will help the road-owning agencies, law enforcement, emergency care providers and other road safety stakeholders to visualise the high frequency accident zone data for planning targeted interventions in Haryana.

Sanjaya' will provide to be a single platform to visualize crash black spots, and emerging black spots for stakeholders to determine what type of interventions are needed and where they are needed. In addition, tools to perform kilometre analysis, corridor analysis, cluster analysis and point radius analysis with visualizations as heatmaps/ trend patterns are included in the platform.

Commending this IIT Madras initiative, Shri Sanjeev Kaushal IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Haryana, said, "Sanjaya is an important tool designed to provide nuanced insights and targeted strategies towards making roads safer. We will also direct our attention to the regions that are witnessing higher crash rates and Sanjaya will help find out those critical hotspots."

India currently has the highest number of road crashes and fatalities in the world. Crash data from 2022 published by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) attributes that nearly 60% of fatalities took place on 5% of the roads (National and State Highways) in India.

The working age group of 18 to 60 accounts for 83.4% of total road crash fatalities in the country, which has serious implications on the emotional and psychological impact on family and society at large and imposes significant socioeconomic costs on the nation.

Elaborating on the platform, Professor Venkatesh Balasubramanian, Head, CoERS and RBG Labs, Department of Engineering Design, IIT Madras, who is coordinating this initiative, said, "Planning target-specific interventions to mitigate road traffic accidents is important to reduce road accident fatalities. It is important that any intervention is based on data so that we not only identify the problems on the road but also implement changes that are viable in the long-term. Sanjaya is platform to get actionable intelligence for jurisdictional leaders. This will empower stakeholders across Haryana to visualize district-wise high-frequency accident zones and aid in preparing an action plan for targeted rectification."

The key features of this platform includes:

- Map-based analyses of blackspots and emerging blackspots across the country, sorted by jurisdiction of States, Districts and Police boundaries.

- Infographic and visual displays of data to enable better understanding of crash patterns in a desired region.


The Centre of Excellence in Road Safety (CoERS) at IIT Madras is funded by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Government of India, to perform evidence-based integrated approach to Road Safety. CoERS works on various aspects of human factors engineering, road engineering and vehicle engineering to bring about significant improvements in road safety globally. This CoE also advices various stakeholders and Governments to bring about a data-driven systems approach to road safety.