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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A voting can be done...
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the criminals are walking the street and hurting the innocents. The law is very weak, non responsive. Punish the criminals, hang few and send a mesg to the rest. Murderers, rapists, kidnappers and corrupt political goons have taken over the country. No hope what so ever. Pray the girl gets well soon.
I second the opinion expressed by the other comment. If you would have printed photograph of the Mr. Salim (Auto Driver) It would be his medal for honesty and lot of encouraging for others in the same profession.
New Ranip ward is likely to receive Rs 4.96 crore for resurfacing and installing drainage pipelines.Till today nothing is been done. Where is the money gone. Driving on the roads is like taking a roller costar ride. What corporaters are doing i dont know.I can only able to see there faces at the time of election only.
I really appreciate the honest gesture shown by the auto rickshaw driver Mr. Salim Usman Mohammed who came all the way from Kubernagar to Thaltej to return the costlier mobile phone.
In this regard to encourage such more events you should have published the PHOTOGRAPH of Mr. Salim Usman Mohammed other than of MBBS Student. I feel it would be a life time achievement award for him and that would have made him feel more proud as if he had achieved a “Honesty Reward” from Ahmedabad Mirror.
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Its sad to see something like this happening to someone.
But I would like to say that its very easy to blame the authorities for anything and everything. Yes, she fell because of the pothole which the authorities should've repaired. But did she get the stitches because of that? Not at all. Why wasn't Ms. Prachi wearing a helmet? Had she been wearing one she would've gone away with a few bruises.
When citizens themselves are not bothered about their own life and safety the authorities have no role in that. A good helmet costs around Rs. 1,000.00. Is it worth spending that amount, it sure as hell is.
My opinion is that we should stop blaming the authorities about everything and take responsibilities for our own mis-conduct.
My mother who just arrrived in India has been subjected to very rude behaviour. From customs. Demanding money. She ended up paying .these sort of behaviour. Is criminal. The government. Should do something a out it.
The sports sir certainly has some mental problem, before doing anything, pl get him going to a doctor. They have problems with their family, for which they cannot do anything, so they come to college and try to remove all their remorse on us the student???? Were does their so called Seniority go away??????