Six lives lost in six months on deadly NH16

The flyover connecting the NH16 at Ramavarappadu ring road junction of Vijayawada with inner ring road is a death knell for vehicle drivers.

Published: 28th January 2017 05:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th January 2017 05:28 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: The flyover connecting the National Highway 16 at Ramavarappadu ring road junction of Vijayawada with inner ring road is a death knell for vehicle drivers with many accidents on the flyover.

Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) is being negligent in enforcing road safety measures on the flyover and officials too are reluctant to respond to the accidents.

Express observes that the 2.2 km-long flyover has no signage boards about safety cautions, instructions and side rails too have not been laid continuously along the road as there are gaps so that vehicles can fall into the fields below which are 4 to 15 feet beneath the flyover.

Since the inauguration of the flyover on July 28, 2016, around 11 accidents occurred between the Ramavarappadu junction - flyover - inner ring road stretch claiming six lives till date.

There are many other accidents which have gone unnoticed and registered in the police records. Due to the absence of CCTVs, for police, it has become a hard task to establish the cause and reasons for accidents on the flyover.

According to the Traffic and Transport department officials, the structure of Ramavarappadu junction is itself very complicated and with the flyover construction, road safety factor has come down. As the flyover is coming under the authority of APCRDA, the officials from National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Roads and Buildings (R&B) are keeping away from the issue. 


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