With the Outer Ring Road (ORR) turning into a death trap for motorists and passengers, Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) in association with Cyberabad Police has taken an important step to check ghastly road accidents taking place on the ORR stretch.
Patrolling on the ORR from Pedda Amberpet to Shamirpet will be intensified by the Cyberabad police by employing four Tata Xenon vehicles from Saturday.
Chief secretary PK Mohanty will flag off these patrolling vehicles at 11.30 am on Saturday at Nanakramguda Toll Plaza (Gachibowli) on ORR stretch in the presence of HMDA metropolitan commissioner Neerabh Kumar Prasad, Cyberabad police commissioner CV Anand and other officials.
HMDA officials told Express that the new Tata Xenon patrolling vehicles are equipped with necessary accessories like flashers, cones, dragon light, public address system, breath analysers, etc supported with a speed gun. On the other hand, Cyberabad Police Commissionerate has provided police personnel to exclusively carry on patrolling operations on the ORR that include four SIs, four ASIs and 24 constables.
A special training on the ORR project was held to this police personnel by HGCL at the Police Training Centre a few days ago. The police force is deployed to enforce law and improve the safety of road-users on ORR by checking traffic violators time to time and to bring control of overspeed, drunken driving, lane indiscipline, wrong side driving, zig-zag driving, parking at unauthorised areas etc.
The officials said that nearly 70 per cent of the accidents that occur on ORR are due to lack of lane discipline and rash and negligent driving. The stretch between Gachibowli and Shamshabad sees traffic flow of around 25,000 vehicles that ply at a very high speed.
Additional speed limit sign boards with cautionary messages, cat’s eye (a retro reflective safety device used in road marking on raised pavement markers), ‘Avoid drunken driving’ boards are being put up at maximum accident-prone spots as a precautionary measure.
The HGCL in association with Road Transport Authority (RTA) and Cyberabad Traffic Police has proposed to organise an awareness campaign on road safety and provide tips on safe driving like following lane discipline, using indicators before changing lanes, etc, for those travelling through ORR.
The HGCL through the agencies is also distributing pamphlets to create awareness on lane discipline, observing signages, wearing seat belts, parking sick or defunct vehicles on the paved shoulder near the crash barrier. Entry of two and three wheelers are prohibited on the expressway but allowed on service roads.
HMDA officials said that the speed limit is 120 kmph on main carriageway (8-lane expressway), it is 40 kmph on all loops and ramps of the interchanges for exits and entries, on service roads it is 40-60 kmph. On service roads near vehicle underpasses (VUPs) and pedestrian underpasses (PUPs), the speed limit should be 20 kmph, HMDA officials said.