Overbridge work not taken up at junctions
SALEM: The death of two Rotarians from Kumbakonam when their car rammed into a State Transport Corporation bus on the Salem-Madurai National Highways 7 at Mallur on Sunday, has laid bare the danger that lurks behind the speedy travel on the newly-laid four-lane expressways in Tamil Nadu.
The long-distance bus from Salem to Madurai made a sharp right curve from the opposite direction of the highways and cut into the left lane before entering the service road to Mallur, a small suburban town.
The driver of the car cruising at a good speed in its designated lane on the left was caught unawares when the bus suddenly turned right and cut into his lane.
Despite his efforts, the survivors claimed, the car had a brush against the rear of the long-chassis bus, capsized, killing the two and injuring others.
Such fatal accidents are not uncommon today on these newly-laid speed tracks, which ironically should ensure safe and speedy traffic flow.
The works on the Bangalore-Salem-Madurai and Salem-Coimbatore sectors on the National Highways have been delayed for more than a year now.
The service roads also have not been formed at many places.
Overbridge works at many important junctions have not been taken up.
Mallur junction is one of many ‘dangerous’ spots where road overbridges are yet to be constructed to avoid head-on collision.
“Unfortunately though these highways ensure speedy traffic, they have failed to vouchsafe safe travel. Many of the firms that have taken up the works are lethargic and have compromised on quality.
Travel between Karur and Dindigul sector in the National Highways 7. You can feel the shoddy work,” says a taxi driver who regularly uses the highway.
“We witness at least two accidents a week at the junction where the Mallur service road and the National Highways meet,” an official at the Mallur police station points out.
Vehicle users feel that the authorities should identify dangerous spots like the one in Mallur and take steps to improve traffic safety immediately.
The construction of a flyover in Mallur would help avoid fatal accidents.