If you are stranded on a highway in Maharashtra, help is likely to reach you quickly now.
The highway police, with its new and improved Traffic Aid Posts (TAPs), will now be equipped with the latest communication systems that will make highway travel commuter-friendly.
The idea behind setting up new TAPs and improving existing ones is to help reduce the response time of the highway police in case accidents or traffic jams and enable them to regulate traffic.
There are 49 TAPs in the state and the government has sanctioned 11 new ones. It has also accepted a proposal from the highway police to renovate the existing TAPs.
B. Shekhar, superintendent of police, said the new TAPs will be more commuter-friendly and will help traffic police save more lives. A fully equipped Dasturi Chowkie TAP was inaugurated at Bhorghat on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway earlier this month.
"The Dasturi Chowkie has been built to keep an eye on jams and landslides especially during monsoon," said Shekhar.
The TAP is equipped with modern facilities such as a wireless system and computers that will connect the chowkie directly to the main highway police control room, which will reduce the reaction time during accidents, Shekhar said.
Maharashtra has 18 national highways and 291 state highways with a length of 33,700 km.
There have been at least 474 accidents on highways in Maharashtra in 2010. At least 750 people have been killed in these accidents.
The highway police said studies have shown that 98 per cent of accident victims can be saved if they are given immediate medical help.
And with the TAPs, the police hope to achieve just that.