Maharashtra forms civic committees to fix black spots on roads

Mumbai: Roads within the limits of urban local bodies in Maharashtra will undergo an annual safety audit as per the standards set by the Indian Road Congress in a bid to prevent accidents, and will also be examined twice a year to ensure safety.

Following the directions given by the Supreme Court, a high-level committee under the chairmanship of Justice (retd.) Radhakrishnan was set up, and the panel had appointed the Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transport System (DIMTS) to suggest measures to be taken for road safety through a scientific study.

As the recommendations of the DIMTS were accepted by the committee, the State government has now decided to implement them by forming a panel at the municipal corporation and municipal council levels.

While the municipal commissioner will be heading the committee in the corporation, the collector will be in charge of the panel in the latter. These committees will include officials from the traffic police, transport, and the public works department, as well as experts from local engineering colleges.

According to the Road Accidents in India - 2017 report prepared by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, four cities — Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur — feature in the top 50 cities. In Mumbai, 3,160 accidents occurred in 2017, of which 467 were fatal and 2,603 were injury accidents. A total of 490 people died in these accidents while 3,287 were injured. In Pune, of the 1,508 accidents, 360 were fatal and 966 were injury accidents. Around 373 people died and 1,154 were injured in these accidents.

“The committees will be tasked to recommend measures which need to be taken to fix black spots on city roads,” an official from the transport department said. Black spot is a place where maximum number of accidents occur.

The committees will have to take a quarterly progress report of the road safety audit. They will have to make suggestions and take action on securing black spots. An action-taken report needs to be submitted to the government.

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