A mini bus carrying 32 passengers overturned after skidding on the Eastern Express Highway near Godrej Junction on June 9, 2008. Three women died in the accident.
More than 100 vehicles skidded on the 3-km stretch that day, as the road was wet.
Last year there were at least 763 accidents, including 35 fatal ones, on the Eastern Express Highway alone, during the four monsoon months.
This time the city traffic police claim they have taken steps to reduce the number of accidents.
“More than 17 lakh vehicles ply on city roads every day, and to ensure a safe and trouble-free ride this monsoon we have made a detailed plan.”
The MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) on our request has covered the troubled spots on the Eastern Express Highway and Vakola, Goregaon, Malad highways with asphalt to decrease their slipperiness,” said Sanjay Barve, joint commissioner of police (traffic “This would reduce accidents by a considerable level.”
Apart from increasing personnel on the road to man the traffic and putting up glow signs to warn motorists, the traffic police are reaching out to people through technology. “This year we have come up with measures to get in touch with drivers when they are behind the wheel,” said Barve.
“Along with broadcasting traffic updates though FM channels and SMSes, we would be putting up more than 70 glow and signboards across the city to alert the drivers about water logging and traffic diversions.”
The traffic police have also opened about 60 emergency parking lots across the city with a space for about 50 to 1,000 vehicles.
Drivers can park their vehicles at these spots rather than just leaving them on the road during water logging or if the vehicles break down. This would reduce traffic bottlenecks, Barve said.
“We have also given the tide timings, emergency numbers and major water logging spots of the city, including the precautions that should be taken by the drivers in case of floods, on the traffic police website (www.trafficpolicemumbai.org),” he said.