114 killed in accidents on Pune e-way in 2018
MUMBAI:THE number of fatalities on the 94.5-km Mumbai-pune expressway rose to 114 in 2018 in 359 cases from 105 in 2017 in 360 cases, according to data from the state highway traffic police.
This is despite the fact that to make the corridor a zero- fatality one by 2020, the state had in 2016 directed the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) to introduce several measures such as the intelligent traffic management system which uses CCTVS to keep a tab on traffic violations. However, work on this is still underway.
Piyush Tewari, CEO of Savelife Foundation, which is helping the government come up with measures to curb accidents on the expressway, said they have recommended usage of drones to monitor vehicles. Tewari said according to his team’s analysis, most accidents occur at night and added as more lanes were opened on the expressway last year, it could be a reason for the rise in number of fatalities.
Vijay Patil, superintendent of highway traffic police said, “We have proposed to the government to use rumblers on road shoulders on the expressway. We are also planning measures to control speeding. We have already installed crash barriers and Brifen ropes to curb the fatalities.” JAYPRAKASH S NAIDU