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Mumbai-Pune Expressway safety concerns

Saturday, 2 August 2014 - 10:22am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

PUNE: Scores of commuters using the Mumbai-Pune Expressway now have a reason to worry as the highway police have cautioned them about the rising incidents of accidents on the highway due to lack of safety measures in the highway.
The measures range from reflectors, signages to other safety measures which are yet to be in place. The cops further said that the it was getting unsafe to commute on the highway and also expressed their concern over the loosening of rocks along the highway.
Deputy SP ( Highways ) Sudheer Aspat said that the police had found several breaches in the fencing wall with lot of stray animals coming onto the highway leading to accidents.
"The incidents of rocks getting loosened during monsoon too is a cause of concern before us. We are also facing issues related to lane cutting on a very large scale during monsoon and necessary action has been taken. We have submitted a report to government and action is awaited , " he added.

The traffic safety report submitted by the highway police to the state home department about a month ago has alerted them to carry out immediate repairs to the fence, install reflectors, complete Brifen wiring and other works of the E-way. The report said sources mentions that government needs to take necessary steps at the earliest.
The highway police in their observation maintained that broken fencing, loose mud , gravel and rock pieces falling off the hills on the e- way was cause of serious concern during the monsoon season. Besides, accumulation of water on the highway, buffaloes from the nearby villages were roaming free on the high speed corridor, compounding the problem of the policemen.
Two wheeler riders have been put in the category of high risk offendors taking their propensity to break the traffic rules, driving treble with full speed without wearing helmets.

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