50 black spots on national highways to be cured

Transport Minister Jose Thettayil said here on Thursday that 50 black spots in the Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode national highway sectors would be “cured” as part of programme to improve road safety along the highways.

The Public Works Department had been entrusted with engineering works in this regard. Rupees 4.5 crore had been allocated for the Thiruvananathapuram-Alappuzha portion of the national highways. The work would be completed by the end of March next year, he said.

The Minister said the Kerala Road Safety Authority, which met with him in the chair, had decided to take up a number of road safety measures. These would include removal of unauthorised advertisements from roadsides, introduction of awards for good drivers, restrictions on movement of goods vehicles at peak hours in cities, training for tipper lorry drivers and appointment of home guards for traffic control at black spots. Speed limits would be revised scientifically.

Lane discipline

It had decided to appoint 50 lane discipline project assistants on daily wages for enforcement of line discipline along the national highway between Vytilla and Mannuthy. Rupees 3.55 lakh had been sanctioned for ‘safe zone' project on routes to Sabarimala. Agencies digging roads without the permission of district coordination committees would be prosecuted. A three-member team of deputy superintendent of police, motor vehicles inspector and assistance executive engineer, PWD, would investigate road accidents involving three or more deaths.

Nod for plan

He said that the Authority had approved the road safety action plan prepared under the Kerala State Transport Project by World Bank representative S. Lubsey.

The Authority would meet again to draw up programmes for the road safety decade starting next year.

  • Rs.4.5 crore for work on Thiruvananathapuram - Alappuzha section
  • Rs.3.55 lakh for ‘safe zone' project on routes to Sabarimala