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‘No. 1’ State Highway stretch has nasty surprises in store for motorists

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Tell-tale signs of slip shod work by the executing agency; fatal accidents become order of the day. Rajiv Rahadari, the State Highway No.1, has turned into a death trap right since its inception in 1994.

Rajiv Rahadari, the State Highway No.1, has turned into a death trap right since its inception in 1994.

In 2008, the government had taken up four-laning of the highway, the lifeline of Karimnagar district, but this only added to the problems of road users owing to its unscientific execution.

The Rajiv Rahadari starts at Secunderabad and ends at Indaram in Adilabad district, passing through Ranga Reddy, Medak and Karimnagar districts. A stretch of 105 km passes through Karimnagar district from Shanigaram to the Ramagundam coal belt. Due to several turns and curves, this stretch has become accident prone and till date several hundreds have been killed.

Though the AP Legislative Council had constituted a House Committee to go into the alleged irregularities in the execution of four-laning works, no action was initiated against the executing agency. On the other hand, the executing agency had already started collecting toll even before the completion of four-laning of the road in the district.

There are several flaws in the execution of road works. There are no rest rooms for motorists either at toll plazas or along the highway. Though there should be 20 pedestrian and cattle path facilities, not even one has been completed anywhere in the district.

There should be 57 bus bays and seven truck bays, but there are none. There are no service roads at 19 places in the district.

According to a survey undertaken in 2010, the vehicle density on the road was around 11,662 per day. Due to rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, the density of vehicles had crossed 18,000 per day.

The road is unable to meet the growing demand and accidents have become common.

The only saving grace is the operation of four ambulance services by the executing agency and these have helped in rushing accident victims to hospitals. A majority of accidents occur at places where the highway passes through villages and towns. The agency had not constructed any bypass roads or sub-ways.

Villagers and motorists too are to blame for the spurt in accidents as the former have removed dividers at several places and the latter take U-turn at will. Karimnagar Consumers Council leader N. Srinivas said the existing four-lane road should be modified in line with National Highway Authority of India norms to reduce accidents.

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