Height of expressway dividers to be raised to 2.5 feet: RR Patil

Home Minister R R Patil announced Friday a project to increase height of dividers on Pune-Mumbai Expressway was in the pipeline. The expressway has seen a number of accidents in which vehicles crossed the median and hit other vehicles coming from the opposite direction.

Patil, who was speaking at the inauguration of Traffic Safety Fortnight at Urse toll booth, said, "There have been a large number of accidents in the recent past where vehicles have broken dividers. To prevent such incidences, a project to increase the height of dividers to 2.5 feet is on the anvil. Instructions have been issued to Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC)."

State Highway Police (SHP) SP Dilip Bhujbal said, "We have submitted a proposal to MSRDC. As elevation of both sides of the highway is the same, increasing height of dividers will help curb accidents."

Statistics from Pune division of SHP show in 2012, there were around 25 accidents on Expressway in which vehicles jumped the median killing 15 people and injuring 45.

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