114 killed in ac­ci­dents on Pune e-way in 2018

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO -

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

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