The State government will soon put in place a new policy on compensation for victims of hit-and-run accidents. Following recommendations from the Centre, the compensation could go up to as much as ₹2 lakh from the existing ₹25,000, which is given as solatium on the death of any person due to a hit-and-run motor accident. The sum of ₹12,500, currently given for grievous injury to a person from a hit-and-run motor accident, shall also increase proportionately or to about ₹50,000, senior officials from the State Transport Department have said. The Supreme Court had directed the State government on February 13 to consult all stakeholders and formulate a new scheme for payment of compensation in hit-and-run cases. A recent report of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety had said, “The committee notes that the compensation payable to hit-and-run victims is very low and that the issue of making appropriate compensation … is engaging the attention of the State government. The State must formulate a scheme to make payment of adequate compensation.” The SC accepted the committee’s recommendation on February 26. A senior official said, “Maharashtra will now have to amend the Motor Vehicles Act to make these changes. However, the new compensation by way of the policy would be given out from the day the policy is announced and later synchronised as the law changes.” Of the 1.6 lakh road fatalities reported in the country in 2016, nearly 20,000 were hit-and-run victims. According to the Road Accidents in India-2017 report prepared by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, four cities from the State — Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur — feature in the top 50. In Mumbai, 3,160 accidents occurred in 2017, of which 467 were fatal and 2,603 were injury accidents. As many as 490 people died in these accidents, while 3,287 were injured. In Pune, of the 1,508 accidents, 360 were fatal and 966 were injury accidents. The high fatal count has already prompted the State to introduce a new policy to reduce deaths resulting from road accidents. The new Road Safety Policy was introduced last month as part of the Brasilia Declaration on Road Safety of the World Health Organisation, which has tasked Maharashtra with bringing road fatalities down to 25% of the current 13,000 deaths reported annually, said officials.