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
thank you for covering the story, but i would like to point out that the above photo says "including Dhaval (inset)" but he is actually the deceased Devraj Dholakia. Please try not to make such mistakes. I am a regular AM reader and this kind of mistakes might leave and impression on the newspaper
i have stayed in the ashram as an inmate for 6 years now. it might not be as long as gail had stayed but certainly anyone who stays for 6 years anywhere, i am sure he or will she will get to know the place very well. so far i have never felt or witnessed anything wrong in the ashram.let me tell you that the sun does not need a candle to show itself. amma is the embodiment of that pure love. and somehow gail has tried to tarnish her image. the ashram first of all does not compel anyone to join. in the same way there have been many who have left because they wanted to get married. and they have openly talked to amma about their wish and they have left after that. everybody have their own capacity. i am also one of the million families who have been blessed with divine help - from amma. the ashram has helped us financially when we have been in need of money in our life. amma has also been supporting us mentally for so many long years. who can have the guts to shower pure love to their enemies other than amma. gail - i am telling you... still there is time.. even now if you go to amma she will hug you the same way she has done before with love. you will still be her loving child. even now you are.. you have become insane with your ego and with the improper guidance that is supporting you for all this rubbish. can you have any mahatma on this earth who can sit like amma and listen to the sorrow of millions almost everyday?? she never says that she is god. what makes you say the GOD IS GOD. its his qualities and nothing else.. and when amma has all the qualities - pure love, compassion,forgiveness and all of these are rooted in selflessness, then sure such a person is GOD.
Information regarding – A Gang of cheaters: Dr. Dhiraj Jumbad (Mumbai) Mohammad Ismail, Atiqurahman , Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, Mohd. Ishaq R/O Cross Road, NIDA Colony Mau near Andhe Ki chowki Lucknow and their Asssociates
It is a interstate gang earlier it was operated from Lucknow in the name of “Rida Academy” after this they have changed their name “Guide Educational Advisory” and looted crores of Rupees in the name of admission. Several cases were registered in Gomti Nagar Police Station, Lucknow and absconding. In Bihar NBW is issued against them. Mohammad Ismail S/o Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, Alias Sahil, Sahil Naqvi, Sahil Doshi, Mohammed Ismail, Ismile Khan, Atiqurahman S/o Mohd Sayeed Alias Mishan Patel r/o Mominabad chowk Dt. Hardoi(U.P.) (Both are Brother-in-Law) and their Associates had opened a fake account in IOB Fort Mumbai in the name of Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences (Deemed University) in order to clear the Bank Draft by submitting fake papers and committed a Bank fraud. Besides admission fraud they are running detective firm “ID Intelligence
let the country know this. nothing above humanity... there is a difference between the apology by sri ashok mochi and rajnath singh. Mochi realised his mistake and exhibited his human heart but rajnath again wants to cheat the people for the sake of vote. let the
true Indian think before ink in the forth coming election.niether Modi nor his ideology suits I ndia.
I had raised the issue of loot and cheating by Auto Rikshaw drivers some months ago to your paper with copy to R.T.O and Police Commissioner but not their menace has increased to this level as every passenger is victim of their extortion. The CNG prices are reduced by 25% therefore the rate should also be reduced by similar percentage. Also, the R.T.O and Police should commence sample checking of the meter tampering cases which are on increase and this issue was raised by me some months ago. I do not know against what constraints/consideration these both authorities are quiet.
They all are doing best work in their field.God bless them all.I personally know About MR Hidayatullah Saiyed He runs their classes for competitive exams very well and many student are selected from their classes in various govt jobs
It is just selfish apology from party They need Muslims vote from whole country to get good numbers of LS seats.And Mr E.E Saiyed said Islam believes in forgiveness.As a Responsible CM still after 12 years We can not seen any apology from him.