The Madhya Pradesh Police has identified 85 road accident hotspots across the state that will be covered by the fully equipped first response vehicles (FRVs) of the Dial 100 emergency response service.
Eight of these hotspots are located in Bhopal and Indore districts each, followed by seven in Maoist-hit Balaghat, six in Rewa, five in Chhindwara and four each in Sagar, Damoh, Jabalpur, Chhatarpur.
The list of hotspots also includes three each in Guna, Mandla, Raisen, Shahdol, Shivpuri, two each in Khandwa, Morena, Narsinghpur, Rajgarh, Seoni, Datia and one each in Bhind, Betul, Katni, Ratlam, Singrauli, Sehore, Satna and Vidisha.
If someone gets into an accident at any of these spots, a call to the emergency response number 100 will get them help from a GPS-enabled FRV. The service is expected to start from September 15.
These vehicles will be equipped with all necessary equipment, including fire extinguishers, first aid kits, shovels, torches, glass breakers and gas cutters and will patrol these accident zones to ensure timely help to those in need.
According to superintendent of police (Dial 100 operations and training) Amit Saxena, the 85 hotspots have been identified based on lists of accident zones culled out from superintendent of police in 28 districts of MP.
The eight hotspots (nodal points for the FRVs) in the state capital, include Neelbad Tiraha (Ratibad), Danish Kunj-Kaliyasot river bridge (Kolar), Lamba Kheda Tiraha (Nishatpura), JK Road Tiraha (Ashoka Garden), ISBT Bus Stand (Govindpura), Lal Ghati crossing (Kohefiza), Chinar Park link road no.1 (MP Nagar) and Sahara State-Ratanpur (Misrod).
Indore’s eight road accident hotspots to be covered by a Dial-100 FRV include Gol Chowraha near Sukhayu Hospital (Rau), 60 Feet Road Tiraha-Footi Kothi (Dwarakapuri), Janjeer Wala Chowraha (Tukoganj), Radisson Chowraha (Vijay Nagar), Bhawrasla Chowraha, Luv Kush Nagar (Banganga), Bicholi Mardana public school (Kanadiya), Nipania Kankad crossing (Lasudiya) and Vikas Nagar-Chota Bangarda (Aerodrome).
The Dial 100 service that caters to 22,000 distress and emergency calls from across the state will cover these zones through FRVs that have a response time of 3-20 minutes in urban areas and 3- 45 minutes in rural areas, added Saxena.
However, the list of accident hotspots doesn’t have any mention of Dhar district and includes just one spot from Satna district, despite both these figuring among the top five districts reporting the maximum number cases of road accidents, casualties and injuries in 2014 and 2015, as reported by the state crime records bureau (SCRB-MP PHQ).
“A total of 800 FRVs are already catering to distress and emergency calls in all 51 districts and both Satna and Dhar already have sufficient numbers of FRVs to cater to exigencies there,” claimed Saxena.
Also missing from the list are Gwalior and Ujjain, which stood third and fourth when it came to injuries in road accidents in the state during 2015.
The 85 FRVs are part of a fleet of 200 new FRVs which are being put to plausible use all across the state. “We’re also pressing into action 50 FRVs equipped with dome and fixed CCTV cameras, which will help the police in crowd management and law and order control in case of riots or massive violence,” the SP (Dial 100) maintained.