Times of India | 4 days ago | 23-09-2022 | 05:45 am
AHMEDABAD: Four members of a family suffered injuries in two incidents involving stray cows on Thursday. Sources said 38-year-old Bharat Lakhani, a resident of Anmol Flats in Viratnagar, was riding his motorcycle on the national highway in Nikol with his wife, daughter and son. Suddenly, a rampaging stray cow crashed into their motorcycle and the family was flung off the vehicle. tnn
National Highways Authority of India Chairperson Alka Upadhyay Monday asked the officials of Gujarat to complete the repair work of the pothole-riddled National Highway 48 connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad in 10 days. The NHAI chairperson reached the Bharuch in the poll-bound state Sunday traveling via NH-48 from Daishar in Mumbai.She was accompanied by project manager R K Pandey, regional officer N N Giri, official of Project Implementation Unit, Bharuch, Suraj Kumar Singh.The National Highway 48 was riddled with potholes due to the heavy downpour in south Gujarat, affecting the traffic and causing sevaral accidents. Former head of Tata Sons Cyrus Pallonji Mistry (54), was killed in a road accident on NH-48 near Charoti Naka bridge in Maharashtra this month.Sources said that Upadhyay was unhappy with the progress of the work to fix potholes on highway in the Gujarat section and instructed the officials the get the work done in 10 days.Over 90 per cent work of repairing potholes in Mumbai region on NH-48 is finished while in the Gujarat region the work is still in progress, said an official of NHAI, on condition of anonymity.PIU official Suraj Kumar Singh said, “We have started fixing the potholes but some areas in Valsad continue to receive rainfall affecting our work. We have repaired 50 per cent of potholes on the highway stretch between Bhilad to Bharuch, and in next five days if there is no rainfall in Valsad and Vapi our work will get completed. In other areas, the work is still in progress. We have instructed the contractor to increase the resources to finish the work done at the earliest.”
Guess who is gearing up for Navratri after two years of Covid restrictions? The Ahmedabad Police. No, the men and women in khaki don’t plan to abandon their duty during the nine days of revelry. In fact, they are focusing to ensure that Navratri is a safe affair for all with a particular focus on the safety of girls and women. Patrolling has been beefed up till late hours and cops say women who find themselves in distress should dial 181 Abhayam for help.They can also call for help on 1091 which is the all-India distress helpline for women or call cops at 100.Cops said they are also putting in place PCR vans and She Teams to help those who may be stranded. DIG (Sector-1) Rajendra Asari said special decoys will also be deployed at Garba venues. “Policemen and women in plain clothes will be deployed at venues. We have coordinated with the municipal authorities to ensure that most roads are well lit to avoid any untoward incident. Cops on Navratri duty will have Body Worn Cameras on them to ensure credible evidence in case of an incident,” said Asari.He said all Garba organisers have been asked to ensure CCTV cameras at venues and private security to manage the crowd.IGP, Traffic Mayank Chavda said Garba organisers will have to provide adequate parking facilities at Garba venues. “Interceptor vehicles will be deployed at Sindhu Bhavan Road, SG Highway, 132 feet Ring Road and Sardar Patel Ring Road to prevent speeding and stunts during the night,” said Chavda.As for Ahmedabad District Police, SP Amit Vasava told Mirror that cops from the 23 police stations will be deployed in areas where farmhouses are located to prevent any untoward incident. “Women police in plain clothes and Special Operation Group (SOG) teams will be deployed near high profile Garba venues and clubs under the jurisdiction of Ahmedabad district police to prevent eve-teasing and drug dealings,” said Vasava.The Ahmedabad district police are also mulling arranging a Garba for its personnel after Navratri as many will be away from their families during the festival. The department has received 224 applications from private, Sheri Garbas and commercial Garba organisers so far from the western part of the city. The western part includes areas like Navrangpura, SG Highway, Satellite, Bodakdev, Ellisbridge, Prahladnagar and Makarba.“Keeping in view the high number of Garba events, we have deployed 1,244 policemen on bandobast duty for Navratri. A total of 22 Police Inspectors, 62 Police Sub Inspectors, 879 Head Constables, Police Constables and 281 women Police Constables will be on duty to safeguard Garba revellers,” said a senior police official.
IN ITS preliminary investigation report on the September 4 accident that killed Cyrus Mistry, former Chairman, Tata Sons, and Jehangir Pandole, Director, Global Strategy Group, in KPMG’s London office, the Kasa Police Station, Palghar district, has pointed out several lacunae in the National Highway 48 stretch such as sudden conversion of three lanes into two lanes, absence of signboards to alert drivers, and lack of yellow blinkers on the road dividers and the bridge.A letter dated September 6 to National Highway Authority of India’s Director in Bharuch, Gujarat, from the Kasa Police Station Deputy Superintendent of Police Prashant Pardeshi, who is also the Investigating Officer of the accident, said: “At the place of accident on the Surya River Bridge, the highway going towards Mumbai from Gujarat suddenly converted into two lanes. There are three lanes before the bridge starts. The sudden conversion of two lanes from three lanes without any sign board leads to mistakes by the drivers driving from Gujarat to Mumbai.”A copy of the letter obtained by The Indian Express following an application to the Superintendent of Police, Palghar, under the Right to Information Act, said: “It is very necessary to install a signboard of lanes being converted into two lanes from three lanes. A lane drop signboard needs to be installed. A road diversion sign board is necessary before 500 m of bridge.”The letter to NHAI sent following the Kasa Police Station’s investigation listed out a series of suggestions including widening the two-lane highway stretch to three-lane, placing yellow/ black colouring strips on the road divider and regulating the speed of vehicle at around 60 kmph with a speed signboard placed before the Charoti bridge. “It is also necessary to minimise the road diversion curve sharpness as far as feasible,” it said.The accident site comes under the jurisdiction of the Kasa Police Station in Palghar district. Both Mistry and Jehangir Pandole were seated at the back of the Mercedes car when it veered out of control, hit a road divider, and smashed into a wall on Charoti bridge over Surya river around 3.15 pm on September 4. Leading gynaecologist in Mumbai Dr Anahita Pandole, who was driving the car, and Darius Pandole (brother of Jehangir), seated next to her, suffered serious injuries in the accident, and are recovering now.Among the other lacunae, Pardeshi pointed out that the divider has no reflective yellow/ black colour strips to alert the drivers about the divider and the bridge. “Since the three-lane highway gets merged into two lanes, the speed of the vehicle leads to accidents,” he wrote in his letter.When asked about the letter sent by the Kasa Police Station, Suraj Singh, Project Director of NH 48, NHAI said: “We have received the letter from Kasa police and sent it to our engineering authority. They will examine it. Whatever needs to be done, will be done as a part of short-term and long-term measures.”Sources in Palghar police had earlier said that carmaker Mercedes had undertaken an investigation and found that the car was running at 89 km per hour at time of impact and that the driver had applied brakes five seconds ahead of the impact.
A Family of five, including a one-and-a half year old boy and a 10-year-old girl, were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck on the Dhandhuka-Bagodara highway in the outskirts of Ahmedabad on Friday night.An FIR has been lodged at the Dhandhuka police station and the truck driver, aged around 50 years, has been detained, said a Dhandhuka police station official.“A family of five was traveling and all died on the spot. The head of the family, Rajendrasinh Chudasama (43) was driving the vehicle. The truck was coming from Dhandhuka towards Bagodara and the car was going towards Dhandhuka. It’s a single lane road without any divider and the car crashed into the truck’s lane. The family belonged to Zinzar village in Dhandhuka taluka. An FIR was lodged last night and we have detained him as of now and will be arrested soon,” said a Dhandhuka police station official.ધંધુકા બગોદરા હાઈવે પર થયેલ અકસ્માતની ઘટના અત્યંત દુઃખદ છે. અકસ્માતમાં જાન ગુમાવનાર મૃતકોના આત્માની શાંતિ માટે પ્રાર્થના કરું છું. તેમના પરિવારજનો પ્રત્યે સંવેદના વ્યક્ત કરું છું.— Bhupendra Patel (@Bhupendrapbjp) September 17, 2022Among those killed are Rajendrasinh’s 72-year old mother, 40-year old wife, 10-year old daughter and one-and-half year old son.The accused driver – Rajeshbhai Karangiya – has been booked under IPC sections 304(A) (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving) and under section 177 and 184 (driving at dangerous speed) of the Motor Vehicles Act.Referring to the incident, Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel on Saturday morning tweeted, “The accident incident on the Bagodara-Dhandhuka highway is extremely sad. I pray for the peace of the deceased souls who lost their lives in the incident and express my condolences to the family.”
Mumbai on Friday received an average of 116 mm of rain, with an average of 28.73 mm in the island city, 43.06 mm in the western suburbs, and 44.49 mm in the eastern suburbs, as per the information from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). In the next 24 hours, until 6 pm on Saturday, Mumbai is likely to receive moderate to heavy rain at isolated places, whereas very heavy rain is expected at some places in the western and eastern suburbs, according to information from the Mumbai division of the Indian Meteorological department.However, no instances of extreme waterlogging were recorded in Mumbai on Friday, according to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) disaster management department.The heavy rains on Friday morning affected the smooth flow of traffic till late afternoon.Due to heavy rains around 9 am, the Andheri subway was shut for half an hour in the morning due to 1.5 feet waterlogging and traffic on the southbound stretch of Western Express Highway had slowed down. However, areas like Hindamata, Sion and Lalbaug, known for waterlogging, did not experience any major issues.Even as Mumbai fared well, the heavy rains created havoc for commuters and motorists in neighbouring Thane district. The Kasheli area, which falls between Thane and Bhiwandi, experienced heavy traffic jams on the old Bhiwandi road which is filled with potholes. There was nearly two feet water in many areas of Thane including Kasheli and Kalyan. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway near Versova bridge and Ghodunder road were submerged in water. These roads are also filled with potholes which lead to heavy traffic jams from morning till afternoon.In Mumbai, a total of 11 instances of tree collapse or tree branch collapse were reported to BMC’s disaster management department, of which two were in the island city, one in the eastern suburbs, and eight in the western suburbs. Two instances of partial house collapse were reported, of which one was in the island city and one in the western suburbs; and four instances of short circuit were reported to BMC, of which one was in the island city, two in the eastern suburbs, and one in the western suburbs. No injuries were reported in either incident.