Vijayawada

‘Demo corridor’ getting ready for road safety experiment

Monitoring job: Transport Minister Atchannaidu flags off special patrol vehicles near Renigunta.  

‘Demo corridor’, a 139-km-long stretch on the Renigunta-Kadapa road, will soon be teeming with highway patrol vehicles and officials equipped with road safety equipment. The ₹35 crore project, envisaged by the State government as a part of its efforts to strengthen the road safety mechanism across the State with assistance from the World Bank, is now focusing on supporting the enforcement-related interventions of the project.

On Monday, Transport Minister K. Atchannaidu flagged off eight highway patrol vehicles, two sanctioned for the Tirupati Urban region and the remaining for Kadapa district, alongside distributing road safety equipment to the officials concerned. The vehicles, equipped with Global Positioning System (GPS) and roof-light sirens, will exclusively be used for monitoring the situation on this stretch and for no other purpose.

“Among several accident-prone highways across the State, this particular stretch is known for its notorious distinction. Hence, we are conducting the study under the ‘demo corridor’ concept and would replicate the same at other important places in the State, after analysing the feasibility and implementation. The final project might cost about ₹3,000 crore,” he remarked.

Mr. Atchannaidu also said that they would be setting up two ambulances on the ‘model corridor’ so as to shift victims to nearest hospitals. Further to strengthen Medical and Health Department, in this context, trauma care centres would also be established to accord faster and quality medical care. “Till date we have undertaken curve/junction improvements, changes in road marking and signages. We are also working on establishing highway outposts – Renigunta and Rajampet, modernisation aspects of the existing check-posts, three 100 tonne weigh bridge to track overloaded vehicles, two towing cranes and other important facilities,” he added. Mr. Atchannaidu also directed the district administration (District Collector, SP and Transport Officials) to conduct regular reviews on the third Tuesday of every month and develop a case study with regard to the accidents occurred.

This would further be reviewed by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

He also urged the police and transport departments to allot a day for enforcement in their respective regions. He distributed road safety equipment to the officials such as breath analysers, speed laser guns, and search lights.

Call for concerted effort

Transport Commissioner N. Balasubramanyam recalled the statistics related to accident deaths and stressed on the need for a concerted effort between the people and government agencies. Highlighting the success story of Sweden, which had achieved zero fatalities in 2015, he called for emulating the model here.


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