Despite the ban on two-wheelers plying on JJ flyover in 2010, the rule is being flouted, home minister RR Patil said in a written reply to the state legislative council on Friday.
The traffic police had enforced the ban from April 2010 after a spate of fatal accidents involving two-wheelers. The 2.4km JJ flyover spanning from JJ hospital to CST railway station, has sharp, accident-prone curves.
“From 2010 to February 2012, there have been 550 cases lodged by the traffic police department against two-wheeler riders who took the bridge despite the ban,” said Patil in a reply to a question raised by legislator Subhash Chavan. He had asked Patil why two-wheelers were plying despite the ban and about the measures taken by the state government to make sure this did not happen. Chavan’s question was in the backdrop of an accident on January 7, 2012 when a 22-year-old pillion rider was killed and the motorcyclist critically injured on the flyover after the biker lost control of his two-wheeler and hit another vehicle.
“The circular on the ban has been uploaded on the department’s website. There are signs proclaiming the ban at both ends of the flyover. We have also posted traffic constables,” Patil said.