Fresh danger zones to be identified
Jamshedpur: Concerned over increasing number of fatal road mishaps, the district police have plans to introduce area-wise speed limit regulations across the city soon. The vehicle drivers, found violating the speed-limit will be prosecuted and even forwarded to the jail.
In the last one decade the rise of vehicles particularly, two wheelers have registered manifold increase with each family possessing at least, two-wheeler on an average in city periphery. However, the darker side of the picture is that annually above thousand road accidents are taking place in the city and four to five accidents (including small and moderate accidents) daily on an average in which more than 100 odd people are losing their lives. And, it is either the two-wheeler rider or the pedestrian on road is on the receiving end.
A police official said that the traffic wing of the district police will conduct a survey of different areas keeping in view the vehicular traffic and busy hours.
“We will conduct a comprehensive survey of the entire city. Based on the area-wise survey report, we will fix the speed limits. A proposal accompanied the survey report will be send to the State Home Department for approval. The moment we get the nod, the new system will be introduced,” he said.
The official informed that for making the speed-limit system a success, the district police has already provided with a speed-limit radar (SLR), meant for gauging the speed of a particular vehicle at a specific area.
He said that a roadmap of the city has been made, and the speed-limits have been fixed for a specific road and even specific stretches.
According to information the vehicles passing through market areas in Bistupur and Sakchi must drive at a maximum speed of 20 Kmph. Similarly, maximum speed limit for the vehicles plying on the Straight Mile Road must not be more than 40 kilometres per hour, and the vehicles passing through the schools from a specific point to another point must not be more than 15 kilometres per hours.
Speaking about the speed-limit method that the district police was going to introduce, the official said that the steel city has a number of accident-prone areas which have been taken care of specially.
Like the points along the Fire Temple on the Straight Mile Road, Hati-Ghora Temple on Pipeline Road, Bistupur-Jugsalai road near the Jugsalai police station, Sonari-Bistupur road near the Beldih crossing, Bhuiyandih-Agrico Road at Bhuiyandih, Golmuri-Burmamines Road near RD Tata Technical Training Centre and Ring Road in Telco are earmarked as accident prone.
“The traffic police have been enforcing the law with a firm hand. But there is no respite to the increasing number of accidents. At the same time most of the city roads are narrow. Some are uneven and with curves. And most of the roadsides are thickly vegetated hampering the vision of road users,” said Prakash Sharma, a social worker.