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707 people died in road accidents in Madurai last year: Minister

Minister for Highways and PWD E.V. Velu and Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration P. Moorthy at an awareness meeting on road safety and accident prevention held in Madurai on Thursday.

Minister for Highways and PWD E.V. Velu and Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration P. Moorthy at an awareness meeting on road safety and accident prevention held in Madurai on Thursday. | Photo Credit: Moorthy. G

Minister for Highways and PWD E.V. Velu said 707 people died in 2,282 road accidents reported in Madurai district in 2021.

Addressing a road safety-cum-awareness meeting, he said the State government was taking several measures to bring down accident fatalities.

Elevated corridors had been proposed at Goripalayam intersection, from Periyar bus stand to Yanaikal, and from Nelpettai to Avaniapuram in Madurai to ease traffic congestion. Already, a road overbridge had been commissioned near Pandi Koil, which helped in regulating traffic on the highways.

While Chief Minister M.K. Stalin had laid foundation stones for a few projects, project reports were being prepared for some others, he added.

Mr. Velu said the government had started an innovative scheme, ‘Nammai Kakkum 48-Innuyir Kappom’, to save the lives of road accident victims. So far, 58,191 people benefited under the scheme for which ₹51 crore had been spent. The objective was to save lives during the golden hour and the government took care of the medical expenses of accident victims for the first 48 hours, he added.

Minister for Commercial Taxes and Registration P. Moorthy, Collector S. Aneesh Sekhar, Commissioner of Police Senthilkumar, Superintendent of Police V. Baskaran, MP Su. Venkatesan and Corporation Commissioner K.P. Karthikeyan spoke.

According to a survey, there are 51 black spots on roads in Madurai district. Officials said any road or stretch that reported three accidents within a distance of 500 metres in a year or witnessed an accident that led to 10 deaths was known as a black spot.

In Madurai city, the newly included wards such as Avaniapuram, Tirupparankundram, Anaiyur, Kadachanendal, By-pass Road, Azhagarkoil Road and Teppakulam were some of the black spots, they said.

The Collector said that though the number of accidents had reduced in the city, there was a rise in accidents in rural areas. 

The SP said that black spots had been identified and installation of CCTV cameras would help in identifying the erring vehicles. Steps would also be taken to prevent accidents at the black spots, he said.

The CoP said road discipline should be ensured through enforcement, education and engineering. Awareness should be created on traffic-related issues and danger of drug usage among students.

Earlier Mr. Velu performed bhoomi puja for converting the four-laning the Othakadai-Ring Road stretch in the city and later inspected the construction of Kalaignar Memorial Library.


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