832 died in nine months in mishaps on highways: RTI query

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Nov 2017 09:02:00


Special Correspondent,

Maximum 256 mishaps and 139 fataqlities were registered on Nagpur-Chandrapur road during the period

These boards are displayed for awareness of the people on the highways passing through Nagpur city and district. Still, the number of fatal accidents are rising. The main cause appears to be that the people do not follow traffic rules and are driving vehicles rashly.

In last nine months, total 832 persons were killed in ghastly accidents on highways while 1,015 were seriously injured. Maximum 256 accidents were registered on Nagpur-Chandrapur road and 139 persons got killed in those. Highway Police provided this information under Right to Information (RTI) Act to activist Abhay Kolarkar.

As per the information, 351 accidents involved trucks, followed by 151 accidents of cars, and 57 of buses.
A total of 369 persons died in these mishaps. In last nine months, 11 police personnel also got killed in mishaps. As per the records, 42 persons were killed and 129 were injured in 93 accidents that occurred on Nagpur-Akola road while 18 persons died and 28 injured in 41 accidents on Nagpur-Amravati road.

As per the information received by Kolarkar, 21 were killed and 24 injured in accidents at Jam on Nagpur-Chandrapur road. Nagpur-Yavatmal highway is the deadliest one, as 25 persons were killed and 25 injured in 25 accidents.

The areas covered by the Highway Police are as follows -- Nagpur to Khawasa (90 kms), Deori to Nagpur (150 kms), Nagpur to Malkapur (350 kms), Nagpur to Nanded (377 kms), Nagpur to Pimpalkhuti (176 kms), Nagpur to Rajura (190 kms), and Nagpur to Jintur (670 kms). Highway Police have 18 police assistance centres at Dongargaon, Gadegaon, Ramtek, Patansawangi, Khursapar, Jam, Chandrapur, Dhamangaon, Badnera, Amani, Balapur, Malkapur, Karanji, Umerkhed, Barad, Nanded, Prabhani, and Jintur.

Highway Police, Nagpur, cover a long distance but it is understaffed. The posts of 17 Assistant Police Inspectors in Nagpur, 14 in Amravati, and eight in Nanded are vacant. also, the posts of 78 Police Constables in Nagpur, 31 in Amravati, and seven in Nanded are vacant. The posts of six DPCs in Nagpur, six in Amravati, and seven in Nanded are vacant, reveals response to the RTI query by Kolarkar.