Highways or a death trap??

Shreenesh Raman


Mangled government bus near Tiruvarur

Over speeding and drunken driving has created much dent in the accident records in Thanjavur district. A Recent study by WHO has indicated India is losing nearly 1.5 lakh people in accidents every year and it is rising year after year.
In Thanjavur district 2263 accidents have taken place last year including 400 fatal incidents, says a report from Tamilnadu Police. Despite having the 108 ambulance and other medical service, the district witnessed some major accidents too last year. “Rash and reckless driving, Drunken driving are the major cause for road accidents happening now-a-days,” says Ravi Shankar, District Manager, 108 ambulance service.
The National Highway 67 running between Thanjavur and Tiruvarur has become a death trap in recent past. Due to the increasing heavy vehicle traffic from Nagapattinam and a narrow two lane road, posing a risk for road users and people living along the NH.
According to the National Highways Website, the four lanning of Coimbatore Nagapattinam highway from Thanjavur to Nagapattinam is still under process. Meanwhile, the railway is already facing a severe traffic situation in Tiruchy Thanjavur section. “We are operating with 140 percent line traffic between Tiruchy and Thanjavur, and 100 percent between Thanjavur and Tiruvarur” said, Vaidyalingam, DRM Tiruchy Division.
The recent bus fare hike and continuous rally of petrol prices has pushed the layman to depend on train. But the railway officials are not in a position to operate more trains, with line doubling project under their cards, it is high time that NHAI officials take a look into the troubled stretch.
“Driving a bus in the accident prone stretches during nights in Tiruvarur road is becoming highly risky,” says a TNSTC driver from Tiruchy division. Slow moving lorries and rashly driven private buses make the stretch more vulnerable for accidents. Most part of the road is exposed on either side to Arasalaru River. A Steep turn could easily overturn the vehicle into the river points a highway patrol police man.
“People living in villages along the national highway are in constant fear,” says Aarumugham of Koradachery. 

Source: Express Thanjavur

1 comment:

  1. Yes it is very risky road more twist and turns in all along the road. This is already an approved by NHAI. I'm just wondering why it is not yet ready.