Hyderabad: A shocking 2,403 persons lost their lives in road accidents in Telangana over the last five months. According to police data, 8,725 people suffered injuries in 8,429 mishaps that occurred from January to May 16.
The Cyberabad Police Commissionerate limits topped the list with the highest number of deaths, followed by the Rachakonda and Sangareddy police units. In 2018, till December 18, 6,096 people died while 22,702 sustained injuries in 21,455 accidents.
Cyberabad officials said there were various reasons for the increasing number of road accidents, but the three core issues contributing to the rising fatalities were the three national highways passing through residential areas in Cyberabad, movement of heavy vehicles loaded with construction material, and unscientific road engineering works.
Police officials said they repeatedly requested the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) and Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited (HRDCL) to take necessary steps to prevent road accidents. Letters were also written to NHAI, GHMC and HRDCL, urging them to act immediately in the larger interest of motorists. But, nothing concrete was done so far, an official said.
According to him, when the issue was raised during traffic coordination meetings, civic officials would say they did not receive any such letter and ask the traffic police to write to them again. When the traffic police show the acknowledgement, they would say the letter was missing.
Another reason for the delay in taking up road repair works was bureaucratic rigmarole, pushing the blame on another department stating jurisdictional problems. “As Traffic Police, we can only carry out enforcement work. But, we cannot do road engineering or repair works,” the official said.
When a few private agencies came forward to put up railings along the national highway from BHEL to ICRISAT to restrict pedestrians from crossing the road, civil officials did not give permission. “Officials did not act on a priority basis to avert accidents, neither did they allow private agencies to do some work to help the society,” the official said.