Need trauma centers along Goa highway, says MP Sanjeev Naik

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 - 12:10pm IST | Place: Sanpada | Agency: DNA

Faced with increasing number of accidents on the busy Mumbai-Goa highway, Thane MP Sanjeev Naik has suggested trauma centers on the stretch so that victims of accidents can be treated during the golden hour.

“The Panvel-Goa highway has become notorious for accidents. The number is increasing with each passing day. Everyone is aware that the road is narrow and needs widening. Trauma centers should be constructed on the stretch near the accident spots so that the victims of accidents can be treated during the golden hour and their lives can be saved,” said Naik during a discussion on Konkan Vision-2025 held at the Global Kokan Festival in Sanpada.

The Goa highway, which has experienced serious accidents, is often criticised for its narrow stretch, lack of dividers, speed breakers, signboards and railings on bridges. Traffic department officials, say, there was the need for improving the basic infrastructure on the NH17 to avoid accidents.

Agriculture experts Dr Minal Oak, Ranjit Khanvilkar, Sanjay Khanvilkar and Dr Vijay Tendulkar also spoke during the discussion on how hi-tech agriculture projects can be implemented in the Konkan belt.

“We have experimented with hi-tech agriculture on 50 acres land in Konkan where bananas, pineapple and turmeric crops have been produced. There is a need to replicate similar model in the districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Thane,” said Ranjit Khanvilkar.

The killer stretch
The Goa highway, which has experienced serious accidents, is often criticised for its narrow stretch, lack of dividers, speed breakers, signboards and railings on bridges. Trauma centers should be constructed on the stretch near the accident spots so that the victims of accidents can be treated during the golden hour.


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