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Your drive on sea link becomes safer

mumbai Updated: Jun 07, 2010 00:25 IST
Megha Sood
Megha Sood
Hindustan Times
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Your ride on the Bandra-Worli sea link has been made much safer this year.

After seven accidents on the 5.6-km bridge since its opening, the traffic police are making extra efforts to ensure that there are zero accidents this year.

According to the traffic police, there were accidents on the sea link because the drivers did not follow the speed limit of 55 km per hour, lost control of the vehicle and jumped lane leading to head-on collision.

“Most accidents occurred because the sea link has a two-way traffic,” said Nandkumar Chougule, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).

Another reason for accidents was the gap between dividers.

“The gaps between the dividers were so huge that drivers could easily take a U-turn. The cars behind and in opposite lane did not know if the driver was taking a U-turn and this lead to collisions,” added Chougule.

However, this year, the traffic police have learnt their lesson and taken steps to ensure zero fatalities on the sea link.

Traffic police have now minimised the gap, which does not allow the vehicles to take a U-turn from the middle of the stretch.

“After the second route opened on the sea link, there are less chances of fatal accidents,” said Ashok Takalkar, assistant commissioner of police (traffic).

The others factors that have helped reduce accidents are:

Speed arresters

“We had identified three major spots with sharp curves on the sea link.

Anti-speed rumblers (rubber speed bumps) of 1.5 cm thickness and cat’s eyes have been installed before the curves on these spots to reduce the speed of the vehicles,” a senior traffic officer said, requesting anonymity.

Since June 30, three people have died and 12 others injured on the sea link.

Fining speedsters:

After consecutive accidents within 10 days in 2009, the traffic police have tightened their watch on the reckless drivers.

Till May, more than 5,000 drivers were penalised for speeding and a fine of Rs 6 lakh was collected.