The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has identified 10 black spots on the National Highways in the State where accidents occur frequently.
Seven of these spots are located on NH-5 (Now NH 16) due to error in road designing during improvement of road projects under the Golden Quadrilateral Programme of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
The highest number of deaths due to road accident was reported on the patch of road between Govindpur Chowk and Manguli crossing in Cuttack district. As many as 70 deaths due to road accidents were reported during the three-year period from 2011 to 2013.
Khandagiri Chowk and Aiginia Chowk are two other major black spots of NH-16 where 36 and 30 people lost their lives respectively in road accidents during the same period.
The other black spots identified by the NHAI on the NH-16 include Patrapada, Palasuni and Hanspal within Bhubaneswar limits and Jamjhadi in Balasore district.
Kapursingh Chowk and Radhakishorepur Chowk of NH-55 in Cuttack district and Gosala Chowk of NH-53 in Sambalpur district are the other black spots where frequent road accidents were reported.
- Govindpur Chowk-Manguli (Dhenkanal-Cuttak)
- Khandagiri Chowk (Bhubaneswar)
- Aiginia Chowk (Bhubaneswar)
- Patrapada (Bhubaneswar)
- Palasuni (Bhubaneswar)
- Hansapal (Bhubaneswar)
- Jamijhadi (Balasore)
- Kapursingh Chwok (Cuttack)
- Radhakishorepur Chwok (Cuttack)
- Gosala Chwok (Sambalpur)
Year –Accident – Death
2003 — 6,668 — 2,293
2004 — 7,278 — 2,454
2005 — 7,593 — 2,549
2006 — 7,729 — 2,755
2007 — 8,213 — 3,000
2008 — 8,181 — 3,079
2009 — 8,887 — 3,527
2010 — 9,413 — 3,837
2011 — 9,398 — 3,802
The State Government has asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to submit a report on the number of road accidents and fatalities occurred during the last 10 years, cause of accidents and measures to be taken to reduce the road mishaps.
Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Minister of State for Commerce and Transport
The report will be placed before the State Road Safety Council which, after due deliberation, will suggest corrective measures to be taken by the State Government to ensure road safety, the Minister added.
Accidents in the identified black spots occurred due to faulty design as well as removal of some important aspects of road safety measures from the project during execution.
A PWD Chief Engineer on condition of anonymity
Citing some examples, the Chief Engineer said some of the features like pedestrian subway or road over bridge or bridge in the original plan were dropped as some problems cropped up during project execution. This resulted in more fatalities at the identified locations.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has also developed a portal seeking public support to identify the black spots on NHs and post the same in the portal.
Courtesy: The New Indian Express