Conduct safety audit to remove black-spots on city roads: Govt to NMC

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Oct 2018 10:33:38


Staff Reporter,

Alarmed over growing fatalities due to road accidents, State Government directs NMC to form a panel and improve road designs

To reduce accidents and resultant tragic fatalities, State Government has directed Municipal Corporations conduct road safety audit in urban areas. More than 12,000 persons died at 700 black spots in road accidents throughout the state during last year. Nationally the figure is over 1.32 lakh and even in city like Nagpur, 1500 deaths occurred due to road accidents in last five years. In 2016, a total of 310 people died in Nagpur due to road accidents, and last year 232 deaths were recorded.

The State Government has constituted committees to give suggestions to prevent accidents at black spots (accident prone areas) in jurisdiction of Municipal Corporations as well as Municipal Councils. Two decades ago, realising the grave danger posed by such black spots on state and national highways, Maharashtra Government had constituted a high-level panel headed by retired PWD Secretary Tambe and took many corrective steps to reduce fatalities due to road mishaps. However, urban areas with much greater vehicle density, somehow, never got this attention.

Urban Development Department of State Government has constituted committee for Municipal Corporation areas headed by Municipal Commissioner. Deputy RTO, Traffic Police Inspector, Executive Engineer (PWD), a representative of Engineering College will be members while Executive Engineer of NMC will be member secretary of the committee. The committee for Municipal Council areas will be headed by the District Collector while Structural Engineer will be member secretary of the committee.

The committee will prepare audit report as per the guidelines of Public Works Department and Indian Road Congress. It will study black spots in view of road safety and suggest measures to reduce number of road accidents. The committee will also suggest to improve road condition to prevent accidents.

It may be mentioned that Supreme Court had appointed a committee under chairmanship of ex-judge Justice (retd) Radharakrishnan while passing an order in a petition filed in 2012. The committee had appointed Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transport System (DIMTS) to give their recommendations. The DIMTS had suggested to improve road conditions to avoid accidents at black spots in the state.

Major reasons for road mishaps

Haphazard development, faulty road engineering

Growing number of private motor vehicles

Road traffic injuries sixth biggest cause of death

No efforts to identify and remove accident prone spots

Tambe Committee removed black spots on Highways

1,500 deaths on Nagpur roads in last five years