By: Pune Pulse
August 30, 2023
Pune: The accidents occurring in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, and rural areas should be scientifically analyzed to determine their causes and gather relevant information. To prevent them, a joint survey should be conducted by the municipal corporation, public works department, transport department and police department, recommended Rajesh Deshmukh, District Collector of Pune during a meeting held at the collector’s office.
As per the information, the meeting was attended by various officials including Bappa Bahir from the Public Works Department, Sanjay Kadam from the National Highways Authority of India, and Sanjeev Bhor from the Regional Transport Office.
During the meeting, the focus was on reviewing and amending the ‘black spots’ in the area, as Pune city has the highest number of accidents. The district collector also emphasized the importance of analyzing the accident data available on the Integrated Road Accident Database (IRAD) to identify the causes of accidents and determine appropriate measures.
To prevent accidents, both short-term and long-term measures should be implemented, such as installing rumblers, road markings, notice boards, reflectors, and blinkers for speed control. A joint survey should be conducted to identify black spots and propose necessary measures. Additionally, the involvement of expert social organizations in the survey was suggested by Dr. Deshmukh.
In order to save lives, permanent ambulance stops should be identified near frequent accident areas, and emergency transport plans should be prepared for quick response to accident victims. Deshmukh also highlighted the presence of 63 black spots in the Pune district and the measures already taken under the guidance of the District Collector to reduce accidents, particularly at Navale Bridge and on the Pune-Ahmednagar and Pune-Solapur routes.
Presentations were given by the Department of Public Works, NHAI, and Bloomberg Philanthropies during the meeting. It is worth noting that the number of accidents in Pune City has increased by approximately 113% since 2020, with a significant rise in fatalities among two-wheeler riders and pedestrians. Therefore, there is a pressing need to raise awareness about the importance of wearing helmets, as emphasized by Deshmukh.