A day after five people were killed and five injured in two accidents on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, home minister RR Patil visited the spot to check whether his instructions on installation of dividers, issued two weeks ago, have been complied with or not.
Patil will hold a meeting with all the government agencies in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Five people were killed and two injured when a speeding Maruti car jumped over the divider near Pawna police station and collided head-on with another car coming from Pune on Monday morning.
While Shivaji Waikar, Ajit Lalwani, Prakash Salve, Yadneshwar Pathak, and Gajanan Pandit were killed on the spot, Swanand Atre and Kishan Velhekar were injured.
Marathi actor Bhau Kadam, Hridaynath Rane and Umesh Shinde got injured in another accident that took place at the spot on Monday evening.
The rear tyre of their car burst and the vehicle fell into a trench. The injured are being treated at a local hospital and are out of danger.
Meanwhile, the traffic department held a special drive to check speeding on the expressway on Tuesday. More than 175 drivers who crossed the distance between the two toll plazas in 30-40 minutes were fined.
Ideally, a driver is expected to take at least 50 minutes to cover the distance between the two toll plazas, if he does not flout the 80km-an-hour speed limit.
Dilip Bhujbal, traffic superintendent, said, “We are using radar speed guns at the toll plazas to identify speeding vehicles. Our drive will continue till we send out a strong message to motorists taking the expressway.”
The district collector will discuss the safety measures for the expressway at a meeting with the district road safety committee on February 2.
Sanjay Dhaygude, committee secretary and deputy RTO, said that the implementation of the decisions taken in the last meeting would also be reviewed.
The committee’s last meeting was held on December 28, after Marathi actors Anand Abhyankar and Akshay Pendse were killed in an accident on the stretch.
Family in shock
The family of victim Prakash Salve, an executive with a vacuum-cleaner company, is now worried about his children’s future.
“Prakash had gone to fix some error in a machine at their Pune factory. We never thought this would be the last day of his life,” said Deepak, his brother.