The fund allocation comes nearly eight years after NHAI recognized dangerous stretches on the NH-45. The freeway is one among the many high ten most perilous street stretches within the nation with 27 accident ‘blackspots’ — a 500m stretch the place at the least 5 deadly accidents have been reported in a 12 months. No less than 40 folks died in street accidents at a few of these 27 blackspots on NH-45.
NHAI was beneath fireplace for failing to take satisfactory measures to cut back accidents at these locations recognized in 2012. Tenders have been floated however work received delayed attributable to authorized points and land acquisition hassles.
It was solely final 12 months that work began at half-adozen blackspots on the Tambaram-Tindivanam stretch at a undertaking price of `9 crore. This contains street junctions at Singaperumal Koil, Kattankulathur, Marimalaimagar, Paranur railway bridge and Acharapakkam.
NHAI, which cleared obstacles that brought about accidents, put in place metal-beam crash boundaries, rumble strips, extra velocity breakers, street studs, site visitors indicators and retro-reflective site visitors signal boards.
Building of pedestrian bridges and set up of pedestrian guard rails have been pending at just a few areas, an NHAI official from Chennai Regional Workplace mentioned.
“Blackspot rectification work was delayed because of the lockdown however it has reached the ultimate stage now. We anticipate to complete it by July-end,” the official added.
Nevertheless, motorists, who use the Tambaram-Trichy stretch commonly, mentioned their complaints pertaining to road lights have gone unattended.
Throughout your complete lockdown interval, street lights close to Singaperumal Koil junction have been dysfunctional, mentioned G Ganesh from Tamil Nadu Lorry Owners Association. “A number of motorists get blinded by the excessive beam with out road lights,” he mentioned.
NHAI had outsourced upkeep work of road lights on the stretch to a personal contractor, however have been unable to seek out electricians in the course of the lockdown, Ganesh added.
Tenders have additionally been floated this month to rectify accident blackspots at Mamandur, Arasur and Ellis Chatram alongside Tindivanam-Ulundurpet stretch.
NHAI has set a one-year deadline to finish these infra tasks.
On the progress of the undertaking, public transport activist R Rengachari mentioned, “The federal government also needs to velocity up enforcement measures. The Computerized Quantity Plate Recognition (ANPR) system proposed for NH-45 has been pending for years now”.
ANPR undertaking goals at putting in 56 velocity sensors and 168 cameras between Chennai and Trichy to robotically detect autos travelling above 100 km per hour and penalise them.