Staff Reporter

Medak Collector convenes meeting to discuss accidents on NH 9

Sangareddy: Medak district Collector B. Venkatesam at a recent review meeting with the road transport, panchayat raj, revenue, police, health and excise officers called for strict implementation of traffic control measures on National Highway 9 to reduce the increasing rate of accidents.

3,319 injured

The Collector noted that over 3,319 passengers were injured in different accidents only on NH9 during 2006.

However, majority of the deaths occurred due to trucks, followed by tractors, three-wheelers and two-wheelers.

The Collector asked the authorities to provide rough surface at deep curves so as to reduce the speed of vehicles coming in either direction.

Caution boards

Similarly, he wanted them to erect caution boards near Ramachandrapuram railway gate to control the problem of frequent overtaking, which was leading to frequent traffic snarls and to charge penalty for overriding the rule.

The meeting also directed the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to utilise cranes to remove the vehicles stranded on the highway .

It was also decided to draw a contingent of 150 from the police, transport, excise and revenue departments for inspection of vehicles.

More buses

The Collector suggested that the State road transportation should run at least one bus every 10 minutes to Sangareddy-Sadasivapet and Sadasivapet to Zaheerabad.

He said that this would reduce the dependency on three-wheelers.

Superintendent of Police R.B. Nayak, Deputy Transport Commissioner Praveen, APSRTC regional manager Ravindra, depot manager Danya Rao, Excise Superintendent A. Ramulu and district hospital coordinator Surendra participated in the review meeting.