‘Most accidents take place early morning and at noon’
“A series of studies have shown that its not road conditions, but over-speeding, which is resulting in accidents,” says Rajendra Raut, the PMC Road Department chief.pune Updated: Jul 19, 2017 11:38 IST
Rajendra Raut, who is in-charge of the road department in Pune says that the civic authority is taking all steps to make roads safer and accident free. “A series of studies have shown that its not road conditions, but over-speeding, which is resulting in accidents,” he says. “We are taking all the steps not to fill the potholes and to make roads smooth to ensure smooth movement of vehicles and to reduce the accidents,” Raut maintains.
Q: Road conditions are said to be the major cause of accidents in the city. What is your view?
A: Accidents are increasing because of over-speeding. This is in addition to the number of vehicles which are increasing everyday. We have almost per vehicle per head. In city limits, we have very few accidents involving heavy vehicles. Still, we have undertaken a safety audit of 1,000 km of city roads out of 2,200 km. We are co-odinating with the police and RTO. We will soon get the report and start implementation. Most of the accidents take place at noon and early morning. We are looking at this angle too.
Q: What about potholes and digging up of roads?
A: It is an ongoing process. Civic administration and police continuously work on it. We have set up a separate machinery to address this issue. We aim at smooth movement of vehicles. Roads are being constructed and repaired with new designs, which are not expected to allow potholes.
Q: Thereare many complaints about the faulty design of speed brakers.
A:We have three types of designs for speed brakers. Bumpy, humpy and table. Design is finalised after studying nature of traffic. Table speed brakers are also meant to be zebra crossings. The two others are to slow down the vehicle.
Q:Cement concrete roads are causing waterlogging, resulting in accidents.What is the administration doing bout this?
A: We can take care of roads only. We can do nothing about private plots, which are adjacent to cement concrete roads. You have drainage and sewage systems on a particular plot, but there is no provision for rain water. It disturbs the entire balance. Even private plots are seen to cause water-logging. Its natural that people will face water on streets, but we have taken up this issue at an appropriate level and hope to have some solution in the near future.
Q: Considering the massive geographical area of Pune, how do you plan to meet the challenge?
A: Pune city has more networked roads as compared to other cities.It’s around 13 per cent of the total area of the city. This is in a way unusual. This is because it is a historic city. Most of the private plots have separate approach roads, which continuously add to road area. Even a plot of 500 square feet has access road. We will address this issue in a comprehensive traffic and transportation plan. It will be addressed once a cluster development plan is finalised.