RTA to extend demo corridors to curb mishaps

`138 crore World Bank aid to be used for procuring patrolling vehicles, speed guns

Published: 10th November 2019 02:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th November 2019 09:13 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA:   In a bid to reduce road accidents, the Transport Department, with the support of Roads & Buildings Department, has decided to develop demo corridors, with a total length of 1,000 km, in all the 13 districts. As per the information provided by transport officials, the department, in 2012, had mooted a demo corridor, a 139 km-long stretch, between Renigunta and Rayalacheruvu at an estimated cost of `35 crore. The project, which became operational in 2013, was funded by the World Bank, and yielded the desired result of reducing the number of fatalities. Patrolling vehicles continuously monitor the stretch.

Buoyed by the positive response for the project, the department has now decided to develop similar corridors across the State. In November 2018, the World Bank sanctioned `138 crore to the Road Transport Authority (RTA) for expansion of the demo corridor project in accident-prone stretches identified in all the districts of the State. The sanctioned amount will be spent by the RTA and the police department for procuring new patrolling vehicles, speed guns and breath analysers, the officials added.

‘’We have set a target to reduce road accident fatalities by following the suggestions given by the Road Safety Committee, which functions as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court. With the proposed demo corridors, we aim to reduce road accidents by 15 per cent by 2020,’’ said Transport Commissioner PSR Anjaneyulu. Each demo corridor will be developed at an estimated cost of `30 crore and will be equipped with sign and caution boards. Potholes will be repaired and entry of overloaded vehicles will be restricted. An ambulance will also be provided for medical emergencies, he informed.

He further said so far the department has proposed demo corridors between Rajampet-Rayachoti-Kadiri in Kadapa and Anantapur districts, Kondamodu-Pericherla (Guntur), Vijayawada-Punadipadu (Krishna) and Nuzvid- Bhimavaram (West Godavari). Apart from that, the department has also requested district collectors, chairpersons of the regional road safety committees,  to identify dangerous roads in their respective jurisdictions with the support of R&B department, Anjaneyulu concluded.

Road network in Andhra Pradesh
6,672 km: National highways
15,406 km: State highways
31,596: District main roads

Stay up to date on all the latest Vijayawada news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp