Vikhroli, Goregaon (East) and Nehru Nagar are the most vulnerable to road fatalities, a survey by the Mumbai traffic police has found.
According to data, Vikhroli reported the highest number of accidents (119) in the past two years followed by Goregaon (East), which reported 87 accidents, and then Nehru Nagar (80).
Jitendra Gupta, member, Citizen Transport Committee, said, “Vikhroli cuts through the Eastern Express Highway while Goregaon (East) is along the Western Express Highway. Apart from a large number of biker casualties, several pedestrians also lose their lives while crossing the roads in these areas.”
While accident-prone areas were identified on state highways and corrective measures taken, the same is not the case with the interiors of the city.
In 2009, 583 persons were reportedly killed in road accidents at 100 spots on highways across the state.
Concerned, the state highway police then identified these killer stretches (measuring between a yard and 500 yards) as ‘black spots’ and wrote to the state public works department (PWD) to initiate immediate steps to reduce mishaps at these places. Measures were taken and these spots were rectified.
“Pothole-filled roads, absence of speed breakers, poor illumination, absence of zebra crossings, steep blinding curves and drastic slopes make roads vulnerable to accidents. Black spots, especially in Vikhroli and Goregaon, need to be identified through a safety audit,” said Allka Shah, member of Road Safety Advisory Committee for Mumbai police.
According to experts, another study should be conducted by engineers after the dangerous spots are identified.
They can then make a number of suggestions, such as putting up speed breakers before junctions, trimming vegetation, fixing speed arresters, reducing curves and slopes, among others. These suggestions can then be worked upon by the PWD.
“If we want a long-term solution to the problem of road accidents, the audit needs to be done as soon as possible. It is a long and cumbersome procedure, but it is the need of the hour,” she said.