TAMIL NADU

Districts asked to suggest steps for averting road accidents

K.T. Sangameswaran

Money will be sanctioned from the Road Safety Fund

CHENNAI: With road accidents on the rise in Tamil Nadu, district officials have been asked to analyse the causes and suggest remedial measures, based on a holistic approach, for funding under the Road Safety Fund.

The number of deaths in road accidents was 11,009 in 2006 as against 9,758 in the previous year. In the last two months alone, 8,121 accidents claimed 1,454 lives, besides causing injuries to 10,424 persons, 385 of them grievously.

The accidents on East Coast Road leading to Puducherry are a cause for concern. An official source said 299 accidents, including 81 fatal ones, occurred on the stretch of the road falling in Kancheepuram district in 2006.

There were 235 accidents, including 71 fatal, in 2005 compared to 85 fatal and 108 non-fatal accidents in 2004. While a good portion of the road in the city limits had a median, which helped to avert collisions, it was not so on the rest of the stretch in the districts of Kancheepuram and Villupuram and a negligible portion in Cuddalore.

The figures for the portion of the road in Villupuram were being collected. The contributory factors included the absence of a median, the presence of several curves, abutment of villages and direct joining of several roads with the highway.