Locals urge safety measures after major Sultanabad road accident

The police allege that there is no cooperation from the Roads and Building authorities and Rajiv Rahadari state highway agency in preventing road accidents.
Paddy and rice-laden lorries frequently move in the wrong direction, causing accidents.
Paddy and rice-laden lorries frequently move in the wrong direction, causing accidents.Express Illustrations

PEDAPALLI: Following the Sultanabad road accident, which is said to be the biggest road accident in the area, locals are seeking safety measures to avert further such incidents.

They have requested that the area be declared an accident-prone zone and have also asked authorities to construct a bypass road for Sultanabad to prevent heavy vehicles from entering the mandal headquarters.

It may be recalled that two years ago, a 38-year-old woman, Naseema Sultana, died and four other persons sustained grievous injuries when an intoxicated lorry driver reportedly crashed into roadside shops and bikers on the state highway.

Furthermore, a few days ago, a lorry heading towards Godavarikhani rammed into an RTC bus as it was exiting the bus station. In the same spot, another lorry overturned, resulting in the death of a person.

Moreover, Sultanabad is well-known for its rice mills. Paddy and rice-laden lorries frequently move in the wrong direction, causing accidents on Rajiv Rahadari. A businessman, Naresh, requested that the police conduct a special drive to control these lorries.

ACP Peddapalli, Gajji Krishna, told TNIE that these issues are already taken into consideration. They are planning to erect signboards, speed bumps, and studs on Rajiv Rahadari and place barricades to curb vehicle speed in the mandal headquarter.

The police also allege that there is no cooperation from the Roads and Building authorities and Rajiv Rahadari state highway agency in preventing road accidents.

‘Declare area as accident-prone zone’

Locals requested that the area be declared an accident-prone zone and have also asked authorities to construct a bypass road for Sultanabad to prevent heavy vehicles from entering the mandal headquarters to avoid further accidents in the area

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