The state government on Wednesday said it would introduce an automated surveillance system on the Mumbai-Pune expressway as a measure to reduce the rising accidents on the 95-km stretch.
Through it, errant drivers will be photographed along with the number plates on their vehicles, which will be sent to a control room equipped with the power to fine rule-breakers.
In the state assembly on Wednesday, public works department (public undertakings) minister Jaidutt Kshirsagar said the system designed by the Delhi-based Science and Technology Institute would be introduced in the next two months.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to install high tensile steel wire rope barriers on the expressway along a 4-km stretch that has seen many fatal accidents in the past.
“If the barriers work in the first phase, the mechanism will be implemented for the entire expressway,” Kshirsagar said.
Experts from the field have, however, advised the state against the dividers as they may prove fatal in case vehicles drive into them.
The rising number of accidents on the expressway was a subject raised by Sudhir Mungantiwar from the BJP, who called it a “road to hell”, even claiming the number of the deaths there was more than those of soldiers at the borders. He demanded that a road safety audit be conducted on a regular basis to reduce the number of fatalities.
“Nearly 80% of the accidents were because of human errors such as speeding, violation of the rules and losing control over vehicles. The people driving on the expressway should more responsible and to avoid such accidents,” Kshirsagar added.
Home minister RR Patil also chimed in, blaming young drivers for being careless on the expressway.
“In some cases, youngsters at the wheel just throw some money at policemen who try to stop them for speeding. People driving on the expressway should show a sense of social responsibility,” he said.