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BMC to identify ‘black spots’ to reduce accidents on Mumbai’s roads

The Mumbai civic body is presently surveying them to identify the kind of repairs each spot requires this area

mumbai Updated: Feb 19, 2018 10:52 IST
Eeshanpriya M S
Eeshanpriya M S
Hindustan Times
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The BMC plans to include restructuring work in its annual road repairs plan and is planning to complete it within a year.(HT FILE)

Within a month, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start to repair 19 black spots in the city that are prone to road accidents.

The civic body is presently surveying them to identify the kind of repairs each spot requires, including changing curvature of the road, restructuring the engineering of such patches, or mere resurfacing of the road in this area.

In 2017, the traffic police identified 19 such spots across Mumbai, where a majority of fatal accidents have occurred in the past. It submitted this list to the BMC, to carry out repairs at these spots. Roads in Sion, Vikhroli, Bandra and Malad feature among the 19 black spots, including long stretches on the Western Express Highway, as well as the Eastern Express Highway.

In the past five years, the city has seen nearly a lakh accidents and majority of them took place on these stretches, a civic official said. A budgetary provision in 2018-19 civic budget has been made for these repairs.

Vinod Chithore, chief engineer of roads department, said, “The roads department is surveying each of these 19 spots identified by the traffic police, to decide what sort of repair or restructuring they need. That will take a month. After that on-field work will start.”

The BMC plans to include restructuring work in its annual road repairs plan and is planning to complete it within a year.

Another civic official said, “Accidents occur due to a lot of reasons, including rash driving or speeding. The road cannot always be blamed. But if any patch is consistently seeing fatal accidents, then we must minimise it strategically. We will work with traffic police here, to provide traffic lights or signals, reduce bottlenecks, or put speed breakers.”

Amitesh Kumar, joint commissioner of police (traffic), said the traffic police identified 39 such spots, but some of them are on BMC roads, some on MMRDA roads and some on MSRDC. He said, “Between 2016 and 2017, if more than two fatal accidents have took place at any spot, along with many minor accidents, then the spot have made it to our list. We have forwarded this list to all authorities concerned to make engineering or structural changes if required.”

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 10:52 IST