PUNE: With visitors returning to regular on the Pune-Mumbai expressway, dashing of automobiles is topping the charts by way of violations, adopted by not carrying seat belts and lane chopping in that order. Information reveals that during the last three years, circumstances of dashing of automobiles have elevated drastically. Between January and August this yr, 302,941 individuals have been penalised for dashing on the Vadgaon checkpost. Final yr, 55,711 individuals have been penalised for dashing whereas in 2019, 1,435 individuals have been penalised for a similar offence.
Sanjay Jadhav, superintendent of police, freeway state police (HSP), Pune, who’s accountable for the Khandala and Vadgaon checkposts, mentioned, “Dashing is without doubt one of the main violations adopted by not carrying seat belts and lane chopping. With the assistance of CCTV cameras and velocity weapons, we’re managing to maintain tabs on dashing violations. The incidents of lane chopping are additionally growing quickly.”
Round 60,000 automobiles go by way of the 94km Mumbai-Pune expressway every day. Accidents on the expressway have been on the rise over the previous few years as a result of non-compliance with visitors guidelines by drivers.
To manage undisciplined visitors, curb the rising variety of accidents and guarantee protected journey for motorists, the Maharashtra State Street Improvement Company (MSRDC) will activate an ‘Clever Site visitors Administration System (ITMS)’ alongside the Pune-Mumbai expressway. The venture has been caught for 2 years as a result of monetary constraints however with Rs40 crore now accessible from the state authorities, the two-year-long tender course of for implementation of the system shall be finalised inside a month. The entire value of the venture is Rs160 crore. Below the ITMS, a median velocity detection system shall be put in at 39 spots and a lane self-discipline violation detection system shall be arrange at 34 spots to detect visitors violations. A MSRDC official mentioned, “Three tenders have been submitted for it and one in every of them shall be finalised and the corporate shall be appointed. After that, the precise work of putting in the system will begin in six months by finishing up the following course of. The work shall be accomplished inside six months from graduation.”
Together with penalising individuals for visitors violations, the freeway state police (HSP) has undertaken varied initiatives for making certain protected driving on the Pune-Mumbai expressway. “Below the freeway mission, we’re creating consciousness relating to retaining heavy automobiles within the left lane. If heavy automobiles proceed to be in a single lane, visitors strikes easily from different lanes,” Jadhav mentioned.
One other initiative of the HSP which helps save the lives of injured motorists is Mrutunjay Dhoot, which is run by villagers who keep close to the expressway. About Mrutyunjay Dhoot, Jadhav mentioned, “We began this initiative underneath the steering of Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, further director normal of police (visitors), Maharashtra. In each village that touches Pune-Mumbai expressway, now we have recognized individuals who have been educated to offer first-hand medical help to the injured. Now we have supplied them with stretchers and a primary help equipment. Now we have additionally linked them with close by hospitals in order that even earlier than the police can attain the spot, remedy is supplied to injured individuals.”
“A majority of deaths happen as medical assist arrives late. With the assistance of Mrutyunjay Dhoot, now we have saved the lives of round 500 individuals until now. Many individuals are within the dangerous behavior of taking pictures movies as a substitute of offering fast assist which must be averted,” Jadhav mentioned.
The HSP, with the assistance of village authorities, is constructing velocity breakers on roads that join on to the expressway to keep away from accidents. The HSP can be working an consciousness drive to maintain reflectors on whereas parking automobiles in the course of the night time.
Tanmay Pendse, trustee of the Akshaymarg Basis which works in direction of the security of commuters on the expressway mentioned, “There’s a critical must introduce driving training classes in textbooks as majority of the individuals who drive are unaware of driving classes and have a tendency to hurry. Because the youthful technology shall be driving automobiles in future, they need to be taught driving etiquette in class. Penalising is vital in order to instill worry of breaking visitors guidelines. There must be a minimal Rs20,000 fantastic for dashing solely then will it change individuals’s habits.”
“Establishing an ITMS is most vital for the Mumbai-Pune expressway. We (Akshaymarg Basis) submitted a report back to the federal government in 2016 after finding out the expressway for 21 days. There was a delay in organising the system. ITMS turns into extra vital as a result of the Mumbai-Pune expressway is so lengthy that it wants a system greater than people for monitoring violations. Political will is a should solely then will the ITMS be arrange on the earliest,” Pendse mentioned.