The stretch on which the Mercedes GLC through which Cyrus Mistry was touring in with three others is notorious for a number of causes.
The Worldwide Highway Federation (IRF) audit report on the stretch on which a automotive that Cyrus Mistry was touring in met with an unlucky accident has highlighted evident security violations. Former Tata Sons Chairman Mistry and one different individual misplaced their lives when the Mercedes GLC SUV they had been touring in crashed towards a barrier that reportedly protruded onto the highway that’s a part of the freeway between Mandor in Maharashtra and Achhad in Gujarat.
IRF is a Geneva based mostly international highway security physique and this explicit audit was performed by a group of its India chapter. In a press assertion, IRF highlighted that the 70-km stretch on NH 48 lacks correct upkeep, doesn’t have satisfactory signage to information drivers and there have been over two dozen median openings. Moreover, key highway markings and signage had been additionally discovered to be lacking. “The audit was carried out barely every week after the deadly crash at Palghar that shook the nation. IRF stated the audit was performed after consent from the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI). The report has been submitted to MoRTH and NHAI for motion,” stated Mr Okay Okay Kapila, President, Emeritus, IRF.
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The audit additional discovered that there are a lot of main and minor buildings situated on this stretch, together with flyovers, vehicular below passes, pedestrian below passes, main and bridges, and culverts. “The 70-km lengthy part of NH-48 is a six lane freeway with divided carriageway, except for the Surya River bridge on left hand aspect (LHS) the place Mistry’s automotive met with the accident. At this location, there’s a two-lane carriageway on the bridge (on LHS carriageway), and there’s a separate carriageway via an current slim bridge, which is accessed on the outdated alignment which is offered via an “unassuming divergence” from the working three-lane LHS carriageway a brief distance of 75-100 meters earlier than the bridge on the LHS carriageway of the brand new alignment,” stated MR Satish Parakh, President, IRF-India chapter.
The report additionally makes a number of suggestions to make sure unlucky – and tragic – accidents aren’t repeated. These embody set up of a number of warning indicators at numerous factors earlier than the beginning of the bridge. It has additionally advisable offering new jersey-type concrete obstacles and that every one medians must be closed instantly.
The tragic loss of life of Mistry and one different individual has renewed the concentrate on highway security guidelines and laws within the nation whereas additionally placing the highlight on the necessity for higher infrastructure. Preliminary investigations have revealed that Mistry – seated at the back of the GLC – was not carrying a seatbelt. This can be a widespread phenomena amongst automotive occupants within the nation. Lack of information and ineffective enforcement are two main causes for this though police officers in lots of states have now start devoted drives to test on this. There may be additionally a rising name to make sure related authorities are made accountable for poorly maintained roads or freeway stretches with doubtlessly dangerous stretches with out acceptable warning indicators. Automobile producers too have been urged to up the protection requirements of their respective choices with a regulation to make six airbags obligatory in all automobiles and variants set to come back into impact.
First Printed Date: 27 Sep 2022, 16:06 PM IST