Police seek action against PWD, Railways for bad road work


Action follows motorcyclist’s death after he hit the support pole of height barrier

Invoking the provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019, the city police have sought action against the Southern Railway (SR) and the Public Works Department (PWD) for alleged non-compliance to road design and safety standards that resulted in the death of a motorist on September 18.

Akshith Poojary, 24, a resident of Kinnipadavu who was riding a motorcycle died after hitting the support pole of the height barrier placed at the edge of the Airport Road near Mavaroor Railway Over Bridge on September 18 night. The pole was positioned just after the bitumen stretch of the road at its sharp curve.

The police said Transport Department officials submitted a report stating that the wrong positioning of height barrier’s support pole and the sharp road edge as the cause for the accident and consequent death While the SR had erected the barrier to prevent over-sized vehicles hitting the Rail Over Bridge, the PWD was the custodian of the road.

“For the first time we have invoked Section 198 (A) of the M.V. Act and sought action against the agencies for bad road engineering,” Police Commissioner P.S. Harsha told reporters here on Friday.

Mangaluru Traffic (North) police have filed a report under Section 198 (A) of the M.V. Act before the jurisdictional court. “The judge will take necessary action,” Dr. Harsha said.

While making the designated authority, contractor, consultant or concessionaire responsible for design, construction and maintenance of safety standards of road, Section 198 A states that these agencies will be liable to pay fine to an extent of ₹1 lakh for their failure to maintain the required standards that results in death or disability.

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Printable version | Jan 26, 2020 7:59:00 PM |

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