Nalgonda: Despite road safety measures initiated by the district authorities, road accidents are high on National Highway 65 and State Highways in Nalgonda district.
Nalgonda district has a stretch of 63 km of National Highway between Gundrampally and Cheekatigudem, 180 km of State Highways and hundreds of kilometres of Panchayat Raj and R&B roads.
Till July 2019, 470 accidents were reported on these roads, claiming the lives of 180 persons, and causing injuries to 517 others. Of the 470 accidents reported till last month, 160 were fatal and 310 non-fatal accidents. In all, 105 road accidents, including 37 fatal and 68 non-fatal took place on National Highway 65, in which 41 persons died and 113 persons sustained injuries, while 49 died and 116 were injured in 148 road accidents that occurred on State Highways.
Sloppy road engineering
In all, 217 road accidents were reported on PR and R&B roads, which is higher than accidents on NH No.65 and State Highways due to sloppy road engineering and bad condition of the roads. A total of 76 people died and 238 persons were injured in these accidents on R&B and Panchayat Raj roads.
In 2018, 367 persons died and 1,041 people were injured in 916 accidents in the district. Of the fatalities, 177 died and 327 were injured in road accidents on PR and R&B roads in the district. In 2017, 393 persons died and 1,186 persons were injured in 1,001 road accidents in the district. Among them, 180 persons died and 601 injured in 531 road accidents on R&B and Panchayat Raj roads. The figures indicated that more number of road accidents were taking place on Panchayat Raj and R&B roads than National Highway and State Highways in the district and more than half of the total casualties in road accidents were also taking place in road mishaps on other stretches than National and State Highways. The statistics of road accidents confirm that Panchayat Raj and R&B roads (1,147 km long in the district) had turned more accident prone than the National Highway and State Highways. This underlines the need for shifting concentration to Panchayat Raj and R&B roads in taking up safety measures to reduce road mishaps in the district.
Black spots identified
As part of the road safety measures to reduce accidents on National Highway and two State Highways passing through the district, the Police Department identified 17 black spots on National Highway 65, 15 black spots on State Highway No. 2 stretching from Narketpally to Damaracharla, and 11 on State Highway No 19, between Vijamur gate in Chintapally mandal and Dayyalagandi crossroad at Nagarjunasagar. The department also took up special measures at the black spots where the number of accidents were high, which resulted in bringing down road mishaps.
Last year, Nalgonda district was placed ninth in the State in the matter of road accidents, and there doesn’t seem any scope for improvement given the number of accidents that have occurred in the last six months.
Circle Inspector of District Traffic Records Bureau (DTRB) Anjaiah told Telangana Today that two-wheeler accidents accounted for the maximum number of mishaps followed by cars. Rash driving and speeding were the main reasons for most of the accidents and they were taking place mostly between 3 pm and 9 pm.
He said that speed limit on National Highways and State Highways was 80 km per hour, which was reduced to 40 km to 60 km per hour in accident-prone areas. Speed guns were deployed to check for violation of speed limits on both NH and SHs in the district, he added.