A team of experts from various organisations will inspect the 165-km Yamuna Expressway on Saturday. The team will consist of members from the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), the traffic police, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) and the expressway’s operator, Jaypee Infratech.
The inspection is meant to see that the expressway’s operator has implemented the suggestions made by CRRI, a Central government agency working in traffic management, construction and transport.
“We will begin our inspection on Saturday morning from zero point in Greater Noida and go till its end in Agra. We will examine installation of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras, building rumblers, speed arresters, nitrogen filling facilities for tyres, traffic management, and issuance of postal challans,” said Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer (CEO) of YEIDA.
“After the inspection, we will prepare our report and direct the operator to take steps for road safety,” he added.
Officials said the expressway operator is likely to face action if road safety guidelines were not found to have been put in place.
On December 25, YEIDA had roped in CRRI to conduct a safety audit of the expressway connecting Greater Noida and Agra after frequent accidents and casualties were reported on the stretch. The institute had made its suggestions after the audit.
Later, in May, an Agra-based social activist had moved the Allahabad high court with a plea that the state government streamline traffic management on the expressway to bring down accidents.
The court disposed of the petition and directed the UP government to form a high-level committee to take the steps necessary to ensure commuter safety.
However, Lokesh Sharma, a Greater Noida resident and commuter, said, “Accidents on this expressway have still not reduced and there is decrease in fatalities.”