Following the freak accident at Zirakpur flyover on February 6 which claimed three lives, SAS Nagar administration has decided to install CCTV cameras on the highway and reflectors on roads merging into the main highway.
Also, the district administration has asked the national highway authority of India (NHAI) to set a speed limit of 60 km/hr on the highway even though according to NHAI, 80km/hr is the ideal speed limit. However, NHAI has agreed to the lowered limit.
All these measures were discussed during a meeting held on Tuesday which was attended by NHAI project director OC Mathur, SAS Nagar deputy commissioner (DC) Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu and SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar.
Administration officials said that they had wanted the height of the dividers on the highway to be raised but NHAI officials had maintained otherwise saying the height of the divider did not require an increase.
“We have discussed the safety issue and it has been decided that DC’s office will put about 8 CCTV cameras on the highway. Also reflectors will be put on roads merging into the main highway. While yellow reflectors will be put on all merging roads, red ones will be put on roads with heavy vehicle flow,” said Bhullar. CCTV cameras will be placed on highways leading to Delhi and Ambala and on parts of highway going towards Patiala.
It was discussed that though the highway has little space for police checkposts, the same will be put near merging roads with the aim to check over speeding vehicles. So far NHAI has not put any speed limit boards on the accident prone highway.
Speaking to HT NHAI project director, OC Mathur said, “The flyover accident is very unfortunate but talking of engineering defects, the flyover has none of those. Also the ideal speed limit is 80km/hr but district administration wants it to be 60km/hr and we are fine with the same. Once a final call on speed limit is taken we shall place the boards on the highway”. Mathur further informed that the area where the accident occurred is under the Dappar toll plaza who have their ambulances stationed on the highway and when called rush to the accident spots. “No one called the ambulance and it was the call of the police to take victims on their own to the hospital. The ambulances are there and also their numbers have been displayed but they will reach the spot only if they will be called”, added Mathur.