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Traffic police reveal Pune’s 25 accident-prone hotspots 

According to the data available with the Pune Traffic Department, Pune city is witnesses close to 300 accidents per year.

pune Updated: Jul 21, 2017 14:25 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Pune: Growing number of road accidents in the city have prompted the Pune Traffic Department to identify the most crucial accident prone spots. DCP (Traffic) Pune, Ashok Morale has informed that, so far, the traffic department has identified a total of 25 spots where two or more accidents have occurred so far.

Accident-prone spots identified by the Pune Traffic Department
1) Pune – Alandi road magazine chowk
2) Toll road
3) Khadi machine chowk
4) Bhumkar chowk
5) Near Indira College
6) Radha hotel Balewadi
7) CME gate, Dapodi
8) Moshi toll
9) Nashik phata chowk
10) Moshi Jakat Naka
11) Chandani chowk
12) Dukkar Khind
13) Navale bridge
14) Vadgaon bridge
15) Below Vadgaon bridge
16) Opposite Vadgaon bus stop
17) Opposite hotel Maratheshahi
18) Near Grape Research Centre
19) South gate, Magarpatta at Hadapsar
20) Opposite Magarpatta gate, Hadapsar
21) Magarpatta road
22) Pune Satara road, old katraj tunnel
23) Katraj tunnel bypass number 1
24) New Katraj tunnel
25) Andi Ubavani chowk

Speaking about the same, Morale said, "At present, we have identified 25 spots in the city where accidents have occurred more than twice or thrice. We are planning to target these spots and prevent accidents here." He added that the spots would be visited by one traffic inspector and one engineer from the corporation, who will then suggest ways to prevent accidents.

"We are currently studying the ways in which accidents can be prevented at these spots. We are checking if some infrastructure like speed breakers, dividers, etc are required or need to be removed in these spots," said Morale.

Traffic officials informed that the places identified as accident prone regions include Bhumkar chowk, road near Indira college, Chandani chowk, the road opposite Magarpatta in Hadapsar, the Hadapsar road , old Katraj tunnel, new Katraj tunnel, Nasik Phata chowk among others.

The officials added that at places like Bhumkar chowk, where traffic converge from all directions, the risk was higher. They stated that if a police personnel is not there to guide the traffic at such junctions, then there are high chances of accidents being prevented.

The officials stated that, at present, police personnel are stationed at the most of the crowded junctions to prevent accidents. According to the data available with the Pune Traffic Department, Pune city is witnesses close to 300 accidents per year.Officials have also raised concern over the growing traffic violations which are also adding to the existing traffic problem.

Officials from the department informed that from January 1, the police have booked a total of 5,65,489 people for traffic violations in the city and collected a fine of ₹4,10,08351 from them.They added that apart from this, since January this year, using CCTVs alone they have booked 2.20 lakh traffic offenders and collected a fine of ₹22 lakh from them.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 14:22 IST