The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (Yeida) has asked the Yamuna expressway concessionaire to speed up measures to make the expressway safer. One of the major steps includes installation of adequate CCTV cameras at the earliest to track speeding by vehicles.
Besides, the authority has also asked the concessionaire to level the roads near underpasses and enhance patrolling during winter.
Arun Vir Singh, chief executive officer (CEO), Yeida, said, “The concessionaire has already started the work on the expressway. I have directed the concessionaire again to complete the work on making the expressway safer because it has already missed a December 7 deadline to fix the problems. The major cause of accident on the expressway is speeding. We want the concessionaire to install adequate number of CCTV cameras on the expressway for proper monitoring.”
Yamuna Expressway is a six-lane, 165km long, controlled-access expressway, connecting Greater Noida with Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It is India’s longest six-lane controlled-access expressway stretch.
The Yeida official said that the concessionaire has to take all 12 measures to make the expressway safer. The measures include the levelling of road surface near underpasses and installing thermoplastic bar markings (TBM) to speed arresters.
For the Yeida, the expressway has become notorious for fatal accidents, which increase during winter.
Earlier, a team of Yeida officials, along with executives of agencies such as Jaypee Infratech Limited and RITES, had conducted a survey here.
“Every year, in November-December, we conduct surveys in a bid to improve the condition here,” said Singh, adding that near underpasses, bumps on the road has been observed as main cause of accidents.
It is worth noting that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has also been highlighting the black spots of all the highways and expressways across the country.
“On the highways and expressways as many as 1,252 black spots were identified in November 2015 as major cause of fatal accidents across the country,” said a Yeida official.