1,017 fined on e-way in four days

LANE CUT­TING Traf­fic po­lice be­gin a spe­cial drive, which will con­tinue till May 14, to curb ac­ci­dents on the ex­press­way

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: To curb the ris­ing cases of ac­ci­dents on Mum­baiPune Ex­press­way, the traf­fic de­part­ment has launched a mas­sive drive against the er­rant mo­torists. As many as 1,017 mo­torists were pe­nalised for lane cut­ting in four days.

The traf­fic de­part­ment has de­ployed of­fi­cials at dif­fer­ent points of the Ex­press­way to keep a tab on ve­hic­u­lar move­ment since April 17. The drive will go on till May 14, a se­nior of­fi­cer said.

Two weeks ago, a f am­ily from Khanda Colony met with an ac­ci­dent on the Ex­press­way when they were re­turn­ing home from Satara. Their SUV was hit by a lux­ury bus from the rear near Pan­vel. While one 42-yearold woman died on the spot, two oth­ers suf­fered se­vere in­juries.

“It has been ob­served that most ac­ci­dents take place while over­tak­ing,” said Jonar­dan Tho­rat, po­lice in­spec­tor from the Taloja traf­fic unit, who is also part of this drive. “Our main ob­jec­tive be­hind con­duct- ing this drive was to bring dis­ci­pline to the move­ment of the ve­hi­cles on the road. A ma­jor­ity of the ve­hi­cles we have pe­nalised in the past four days were heavy ve­hi­cles,” he said.

Around 14 kilo­me­tres of the Ex­press­way comes in the ju­ris­dic­tion of Navi Mum­bai po­lice. How­ever, this spe­cial drive is be­ing con­ducted be­tween Pan­vel and the Khan­dala exit.

Balasa­heb Ga de, traf­fic head of Pan­vel divi­sion, said, “Ninety- nine per cent of the ac­ci­dents of Mum­bai- Pune Ex­press­way take place be­cause of hu­man er­rors. The road has di­viders, guide boards for the mo­torists and there is no mis­take in its con­struc­tion. Analysing some of the re­cent ac­ci­dents we have un­der­stood that speed­ing and over­tak­ing are the rea­sons be­hind a ma­jor­ity of the ac­ci­dents. There­fore it had be­come nec­es­sary to take some req­ui­site mea­sures to curb the men­ace.”

Res­i­dents and ac­tivists from Pan­vel how­ever, said that mere blam­ing the mo­torists for the ac­ci­dents does not solve any prob­lem. Manoj Shinde, 42, a res­i­dent said, “At sev­eral places on the Ex­press­way there are no street lights. Be­cause of the dark­ness, the driver can­not see the road prop­erly and end up hit­ting other ve­hi­cles from the rear. Like­wise, guide boards are re­quired at sev­eral cru­cial points. So when it comes to the safety of the mo­torists, such is­sues should not be left unat­tended.”

Analysing some of the re­cent ac­ci­dents, we have un­der­stood that speed­ing and over­tak­ing are the rea­sons be­hind most ac­ci­dents. BALASA­HEB GADE, traf­fic head of Pan­vel divi­sion

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