Nagpur: National and state highways, especially Jabalpur Road, Hingna Road, Bhandara Road, and Wardha Road have witnessed the highest number of road accidents in the year 2021.
City MP and panel chairman Nitin Gadkari has said that the Parliamentary Road Safety Committee, during a meeting on Thursday, had expressed concern over the increasing number of accidents on the highways and urged the road authorities. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and State PWDs in particular, to coordinate with each other and take both short and long term measures,
In a press note issued by the Regional Transport Office (Nagpur City), it is stated that Nitin has directed all these road-related departments as well as agencies to make efforts to reduce the number of accidents, fatalities and injuries in the district.
Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar has also explained how to reduce the number of accidents by coordinating with all the road related agencies – NMC, State PWD, NHAI, Department of Police, Regional Transport Department and Zilla Parishad – With regard to reduction in death rate and accident rate.
Improve the traffic situation
The issue of non-functional traffic signals and lack of zebra crossings has also been discussed in the meeting. It was also pointed out that NMC has failed to reduce the encroachment on the roads, Which is also increasing a few times. It has also been observed that the parking of vehicles on the side of the roads and on the roads in the whole city has also slowed down the traffic. Not only buses, but even trucks are also parked openly on the roads, Which was marked as one of the cause of accidents.
The panel has also directed the concerned agencies including NMC and traffic police to take corrective steps to improve the traffic situation in the city.
Those present in this meeting also included District collector R Vimla, MLAs Tekchand Sawarkar, Rajya Sabha MP Dr Vikas Mahatme, and Vikas Kumbhare.