Wednesday, August 09, 2017

78 dead in 432 accidents on Yamuna e-way in first 6 months of 2017

Times of India: Agra: Wednesday, August 09, 2017.
An RTI reply has revealed that in just the first six months of this year, 78 people have died in road accidents on the Yamuna Expressway. Between January 1 and June 30, 2017, a total of 432 road accidents were registered by police on the 196km-long Agra-Delhi expressway.
According to the reply, in five-and-a-half years since its opening, the expressway has seen deaths of 626 people in 4,505 accidents, with 2016 reporting the highest number of accidents in a year.
In 1,193 accidents, 128 persons lost their lives in 2016, while 919 accidents in 2015 resulted in deaths of 142 persons.
Similarly, in 2014, 127 people died in 772 accidents, while there were 118 deaths in 898 accidents in 2013. Between August 9, 2012, when the expressway became operational, and December 31 of that year, as many as 33 people died in 294 accidents.
In the month of June, the Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES) after a study claimed that most of the accidents along the expressway were taking place between 1 am and 5 am, as motorists are inattentive during the "graveyard hours".
It was also decided in the light of the study that Jaypee Infratech, the concessionaire of the 165km-stretch connecting Greater Noida with Agra, will offer tea and coffee to the drivers at three toll plazas along the route to ensure that they do not doze off at the wheels.
Brigadier (retd) PK Sheghal, in-charge of expressway operations, told TOI, "During a meeting on safety on the route, in which senior officials of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), RITES, police and private concessionaire Jaypee Infratech participated, a unanimous decision was taken to serve tea, coffee and water to motorists. The move is aimed at reducing accidents on the expressway."
According to K C Jain, secretary of NGO Agra Development Foundation, who filed the RTI query, "There are two main reasons for such a high number of fatalities on the road - overspeeding and tyre bursts."
Last month, the Uttar Pradesh transport department decided to suspend driving licences of people who have been challaned more than four times for overspeeding and dangerous driving. So far, 11,634 such people have been found, of which more than 500 are from Agra, according to transport department officials. There are 15 "black spots" each in Jewar and Agra-Mathura sections of the expressway.
There are 30 speed cameras, 25 video-incident detection cameras and 19 CCTV cameras installed on the stretch of the expressway to monitor traffic movement. Apart from that, there are more than a dozen ramble strips on the route, which alert drivers when they doze off.