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Worli is worst for bus drivers: BEST

mumbai Updated: Aug 15, 2012 01:22 IST
Prajakta Chavan Rane
Prajakta Chavan Rane
Hindustan Times
Worli is worst for bus drivers: BEST

Worli is the most accident-prone area in the city when it comes to bus travel, with 14 high-risk spots. This is followed by Anik in Wadala and Cuffe Parade’s Backbay with 9 and 8 high-risk spots respectively.

The Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport (BEST) has identified more than 100 accident-prone spots in the city. The BEST committee, which met on Tuesday, discussed it.

The spots have been identified based on factors such as sharp turns, junctions and areas with high traffic density. The committee has demanded that these spots be monitored.

“Mumbai has more than 100 accident prone spots. Earlier, our officials would monitor these spots to check rash driving and speeding. However, this no longer happens. The administration should restart the practice to instill discipline in our drivers,” said Ravi Kondu Raja, the committee member.

Yakub Menon, another committee member, said that these spots be monitored by plainclothes officials.

The BEST administration, however, said that measures were in place to curb rash driving. General Manager OP Gupta said, “These are ways of internal analysis to find out trouble -prone spots. After the analysis is done, our drivers are instructed to not speed or take sharp turns and instead, drive patiently on such risky spots.

As result, of these the number of accidents on road involving BEST buses has also reduced in past few years.”

Gupta said that the number of accidents involving BEST buses has reduced from 841 accidents in 2007 to 814 last year. “Compared to the increase in the number of vehicles on the road, the accident rate has definitely reduced and measures to reduce it further have been implemented,” added Gupta.