Action plan for the week

Decision of the Minister of State for Transport to prevent accidents on highways

Mumbai: Minister of State for Transport Satej Patil on Thursday directed to prepare an action plan within a week to reduce the number of accidents on national highways. As many as 125 people have been killed in road accidents on the Pune-Bangalore National Highway between Pune and Satara-Kagal due to various reasons. Therefore, in order to make this highway a ‘Zero Death Corridor’ as well as to make all the highways in the state safe for state highway traffic, Patil gave instructions in this regard in the meeting. The state government is making every effort for the safety of all, he said, adding that all of us should strictly abide by all traffic rules and travel safely. The meeting was attended by Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao, Transport Commissioner Dr. Avinash Dhakne, Special Inspector General of Police Manoj Lohia, District Collectors of Pune, Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur Districts, Superintendent of Police, Highway Police Force Officer and Piyush Tiwari, Founder President of Save Life Foundation were present. The report submitted by Save Life to reduce the number of accidents by inspecting the Pune-Bangalore highway was discussed. The report makes detailed recommendations on engineering, implementation, emergency response and necessary training. Patil suggested that an action plan be prepared within a week to implement all these recommendations.

Most of the unfortunate victims of road accidents are young, have a family base, and the damage is irreparable. Accidents also happen due to natural causes but 90 per cent of accidents are due to human error. Accidents are caused due to speeding, not wearing seat belt, not wearing helmet, sudden change of lane, indicators, headlights are not in good condition etc. All these matters are considered in detail and instructions are given to take all the appropriate measures. He also directed the Pune, Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur police chiefs to deploy one squad each to patrol the highway.

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