The Expressway changed the way you travelled. A close look at its decade-long history shows despite safety measures, the number of accidents on the speedway is soaring
Vijay Chavan and Anurag Bende
Posted On Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 10:48:32 PM
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway — India's first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access-controlled tolled expressway — is a decade old this month.
The reputation of the 93 km expressway, which cut short the time and distance between Pune and Mumbai and set new standards in speed and safety, has been sullied by a high number of accidents due to rash driving and several robberies.
In the last 10 years the expressway witnessed 1,758 accidents that took more than 400 lives and maimed over 7,200. Of these 557 had serious injuries.
The expressway witnessed 15 major robberies despite several security measures taken byb the highway authorities and the police.
Superintendent of Police (Highway) Sunil Kolhe said, “One of the major reasons behind problems on expressway is the five-fold increase in taffic in the last ten years.
Obviously, the rate of accidents has proportionately increased in these years. Nearly 80 km of the expressway comes under the Pune division. Most accidents occurred due to human error rather than due to technical issues.
Over-speeding, tyre burst and lane-cutting also are major reasons behind the increasing number of accidents.” Kolhe said paucity of staff and safety aids like reflectors and barricades are affecting the efforts to reduce accidents.
“We have depolyed a staff of about 60, along with two officers, for expressway only. However, it is not sufficient considering the number of accidents.
Lack of reflectors on breakdown vehicles parked at the side of the expressway also contribute to accidents. We have registered 1,000 cases against heavy vehicles which were parked without reflectors on the e-way.”
Kolhe added, “Another major reason for accidents is the absence of barricades at various places. The local villagers cut these barricades to make their way to cross the road.
In areas like Vadgaon Maval one can see the barricades are missing. We have identifed about 23 such spots and have informed the IRB authorities to repair it as early as possible.”
The officer also exhorted people to adhere to speed limits on the expressway for a safe ride. “Motorists should not cross the speed limit of 80 kmph which is specified for the expressway.
We are planning to empower personnel at chowkies to book speed violators.We have three speed guns but along with that there is a need of automatic camera system which would help in nabbing speed-limit violators.”
Menace of highwaymen Apart from the accidents there is a danger of robbers on the expressway. The robbers had recently targeted vehicles after blocking their path with stones.
Another modus operandi adopted by highway robbers was hurling stones at the vehicles. Once the vehicle is stopped, the robbers would attack the occupants in the vehicles.
We have brought down such incidents by increasing patroling. Because of round-the-clock patroling no such incident has been reported recently from the expressway.”
Landslide is also an issue of concern while travelling on the expressway, especially in the monsoon. Kolhe said, “The MSRDC had carried out a Rs 4-crore project to make expressway landslide-free by carrying out works at the sensitive and super-sensitive spots on the expressway.
The project was executed after a survey by the Pune-based Central Road Research Institute that had identified 12 landslide-prone spots along the expressway. Till date 120 landslides were reported on the expressway. Three people lost lives in these incidents.”
Situation may improve As the fate of the Mumbai-Pune Expressway is in the hand of multiple agencies, motorists can hope for a safer travel only if these agencies pull up their socks and act in unison.
Kolhe said, “The mutual co-operation between highway police, local police, National Highways Authority of India and IRB would reduce the problems on the expressway.
The planning for the next 100 years for the expressway would definitely curb the number of untoward incidents on the highway.”
E-way record: Last 10 years Average number of accidents per year: 175 Total number of accidents: 1,758 Total number of deaths: 444 Total injured: 7,200 Number of landslides: 120 Major robberies: 15
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