The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), alarmed at the rising number of traffic accidents on the 10.8 Km long Jogeshwari-Vikhroli link road, has now commissioned a traffic survey on it.
This stretch has seen nearly 290 accidents and over 50 fatalities in the last seven years.
The traffic survey will not only identify the type of traffic movement on the road but will also identify accident-prone spots and areas where the MMRDA can put up traffic signals.
"The survey will be conducted over a one month period," said Joint Project Director, Public Relations of the MMRDA, Dilip Kawathkar. The MMRDA had commissioned the Institute of Road Transport and Education (IRTE) to carry out a safety audit and had built seven foot over-bridges at a cost of Rs nine cores to smoothen traffic and minimise accidents on the link road.
The IRTE had submitted its recommendations in November 2007. A joint delegation of the MMRDA and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), reviewed the report and have decided to implement the recommendation including installing traffic control devices, declaration of speed limit, constructing additional pedestrian crossing facilities, regular removal of garbage, closing of several U-turns and the deployment of traffic marshals at critical junctions.
“Once the survey is completed, then the work will be undertaken to install traffic signals on the link road. For the installation, a fresh tender will be floated by the MMRDA,” Kawathkar said.