Following a spate of fatal accidents involving two-wheelers on the Eastern Freeway, traffic cops have been posted at both ends to prevent bikes and heavy vehicles from getting on the controlled-access road.
At least four policemen will be on duty at each end of the newly-constructed thoroughfare to stop vehicles that are not allowed to use it.
“The constables will ensure that bikers and heavy vehicles are barred from the freeway as well as control the traffic flow, particularly during peak hours when entry points get congested,” said Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic suburban).
While these constables will be on duty from 8am to about 10pm, they will not be there at night. However, surprise drives would be undertaken at night to check bikers who might venture on the freeway.
Dighavkar said it was not possible to depute men round the clock. “Motorists must understand the reason for barring particular vehicles from the freeway,” he said.
The traffic police plan to take the help of the neighbourhood police stations and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, which maintains the road, to patrol the newly-constructed road between south Mumbai and Chembur.
There have been at least five fatal accidents on the freeway since it was opened in June this year.
According to the police, all the above incidents had taken place due to over-speeding of vehicles.
On October 20, two young riders were killed and one was critically injured when their bike veered into the security wall on the Freeway at Wadi Bunder. One of the motorcyclists was flung off the bike and fell to the road below.
In another accident on October 2, two persons were killed when their bike skidded as they negotiated a sharp turn. They died on their way to hospital.
On October 2, A fatal accident occured on the Freeway when Satish Ghatvisave and Deepak Rajguru, Chembur residents, who were on their bike took a sharp turn. Both the youngsters died on the way to hospital.
October 20, A two-wheeler ride on the Freeway turned fatal when the bike had an accident near Wadi Bunder. Ramzan Shaikh, 23, was riding a bike with two friends, Rahim Aga, 24, and Rajesh Acharekar, 16. Shaikh and Aga were killed.