VIJAYAWADA: With a view to making the national and state highways in the Krishna district safer for travel and minimizing the number of accidents on them, the Transport Department has set up five teams to study the causes of accidents on the highways. The teams will comprise officials from the police, transport, roads and buildings and medical and health departments and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Disclosing this to Express here on Tuesday, deputy transport commissioner S Venkateswara Rao said that as 50 per cent of the accidents on the highways were turning out to be fatal, it was necessary that the roads be made safer for travel.
The survey would be conducted on Varadhi-Garikapadu, Benz Circle-Machlipatnam, Varadhi-Bommalujru, Kritivennu-Avanigadda, Ibrahaimpatnam-Tiruvuru roads, he said and added that the focus would be on inter-village roads villlages.
The survey would cover a total of 500 km of roads in the district. The teams would study issues like the identification of accident-prone spots on the highways, removal of liquor shops on the highways, prevention of haphazard parking of vehicles on the highways, repairs to potholes, erection of roadside lights, signals, signboards, speed-breakers, barricades at curves and fixing warning radium stickers, the DTC said.
He said that the medical and health department had been asked to examine ways to minimise the travel time for the 108 ambulances in reaching the victims in case of any road accident.