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New panel to curb road accidents

A separate statewide committee to look into the causes of road accidents and steps to prevent them is expected to come in place soon.

mumbai Updated: Feb 02, 2011 02:05 IST
Shashank Rao

A separate statewide committee to look into the causes of road accidents and steps to prevent them is expected to come in place soon.

The committee would include members from various agencies — Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), PWD, collectors of different districts, regional transport offices, traffic police, municipal corporations, home guards and other agencies.

This committee would ensure better co-ordination and smooth functioning of various agencies responsible for building and maintaining roads, footpath or other infrastructure which otherwise remain unattended, resulting in accidents.

The agencies often end up blaming each other for poor implementation and delayed execution, but this doesn’t make things better.

The panel is being formed in the wake of criticism from the Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan and home minister RR Patil, who had chided the government agencies for lack of co-ordination during the course of work, which resulted in poor infrastructure and led to an alarming rise in the number of road accidents in the city.

“This committee would discuss various problems pertaining to the individual agencies that are involved in the work and then resolve it. It would be functional by February,” transport commissioner Dilip Jadhav said.

There would be yet another sub-committee for Mumbai specially to look into road accidents and other problems soon.

Sources said that a similar committee was formed earlier but it soon became redundant.

“Certain problematic areas such as excess curve and bumpy roads were identified. But, nothing really materialised,” said an official on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to media.

“Unless a definite amount is earmarked with every department for finishing the works that have been pointed out by the committee, it would really mean nothing in terms of city’s development,” added the official.

Jadhav, however, clarified that they would ensure that immediate steps are taken in repairing and bridging of several incomplete works.