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2,800 death traps dot Telangana roads

2,800 death traps dot Telangana roads
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Telangana government is facing an uphill task in tackling road safety with as many as 2,800 places on the state road network identified as “accident...

Rajiv Rahadari gets the safest road tag

Hyderabad: Telangana government is facing an uphill task in tackling road safety with as many as 2,800 places on the state road network identified as “accident prone areas”. Interestingly, the State Highway – Rajiv Rahadari, known as death track in Telangana, has earned the “safest road” tag among 24 other State Highways (SHs) in the ten districts of Telangana.

The R&B has been maintaining 3,152 km stretch on 24 SHs. It also maintains 12,080 km of Major District Roads (MDR) and 9,100 km stretches of Other District Roads (ODR) in the state. The total road network in the state is 26,800 km, which includes 2,600 km National Highways (NHs). Within the road network, the MDRs connect SHs and ODRs.

A survey conducted by the R&B department revealed that accidents were taking place at least once a week on the recognised accident prone spots, resulting in either spot deaths or severe injuries to the victims.

Narrow curves and bridges on widened roads, single lane roads on heavy traffic stretches, absence of traffic signals at busy traffic junctions and lack of manual traffic management at other junctions have been identified as the main reasons for the increase of road accidents on the identified spots.

Medak and Karimangar districts have nearly 600 accident prone spots each followed by Khammam 400, Waragnal 350, Nalgonda 300, Adilabad 240, Nizamabad 200, Mahbubnagar 150, Ranga Reddy and Hyderabad 100.

According to the report, not a single accident spot has been identified on the entire 207 km stretch on Rajiv Rahadari, the high way from Hyderabad to Ramagundam via Karimnagar.

A R&B official told The Hans India that the SH6: Hyderabad– Narsapur– Medak– Yellareddy– Banswada– Bodhan and SH17: Bhongir– Gajwel– Tupran– Narsapur– Sangareddy were more vulnerable to road accidents due to lack of road safety and increased vehicular traffic.

In a step towards mitigating the incidence of accidents based on the report, the department has prepared an action plan with an outlay of Rs 90 crore under which several measures, including geometric improvements, widen narrow bridges, install traffic signals and strengthen the dividers.

Work will be taken up once the government approves the plan, the official said.

By:Patan Afzal Babu
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