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Mistry death: Car overspeeding, brakes couldn’t be applied in time to prevent crash, says Mercedes Benz report to cops
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

Earlier this week, the Mercedes Benz company had submitted to the Palghar Police a technical analysis report based on the scrutiny of the Event Data Recorder (EDR) of the damaged vehicle, which helped the police in ascertaining that the vehicle was overspeeding when it crashed on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway on September 4, killing two, including Cyrus Mistry, former head of Tata Sons.Sources in the Palghar Police said the report proved that Anahita Pandole, who was driving the car, was overspeeding and could not apply brakes in time to prevent the accident.The Palghar police on Saturday booked Anahita on charges of rash and negligent driving causing death of Mistry and Jehangir Pandole, the director for Global Strategy at KPMG.An EDR is a recorder present in the car, which helps the makers to understand how the car was performing around 30 seconds or less before a crash takes place. The EDR tells you at what speed the car was being driven, when the brakes were applied, the speed at the time of the crash, whether the passengers had seat belts on and whether the air bags were deployed.“The EDR report showed the vehicle was being driven at 100 kmph. Five seconds before the crash, the brakes were applied… the brakes got activated within one-and-a-half seconds. Within three-and-a-half seconds, the speed dropped from 100 kmph to 89 kmph, when the car crashed into the boundary wall of the highway,” a police officer said, adding that Anahita was booked for overspeeding as well as the speed limit on the road is 90 kmph.“The EDR report also stated that the two persons who died were not wearing seat belts. The car had seven air bags. While five air bags opened during the crash, the two curtain air bags did not open, as they open only when a car rolls over, which did not happen in this case,” the officer added.The officer further said that the heads of the two persons in the rear seats, who were not wearing seat belts, crashed into the head rest of the front seats. “If they were wearing seat belts, their heads would not have banged into the head rest and the injuries could have been minimised,” the officer added.

Mistry death: Car overspeeding, brakes couldn’t be applied in time to prevent crash, says Mercedes Benz report to cops
Cops issue e-memos of Rs 9.37cr for speeding, collect only Rs 1.75 cr
Ahmedabad Mirror | 3 weeks ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
3 weeks ago | |

In the election year, the traffic police have issued e-memos worth Rs 9.37 crore for speeding in 10 months, but collected only Rs 1.75 crore which is just 18.7% of the total amount.When asked about why a major chunk of fines have not been collected, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashwin Chauhan told Mirror, “We will be nailing those who have not paid the fines and take action against them under the law.”Traffic police started a drive against speeding in February this year to prevent accidental deaths, particularly on the SG Highway and SP Ring Road. It also announced strict action against speedsters on the Sindhu Bhavan Road after several incidents of daredevilry by youngsters. However, political compulsion seems to have prevailed over law.Drive against speeding,rash drivingSpeeding was the biggest violation in 2022 in Ahmedabad with fines totalling Rs 9,37,19,000 slapped on violators between January 1 and October 31. Imposition of fine for speeding accounted for 50.2% of total fines for various violations.A total of 44,333 e-memos were issued in the 10 months up to October 31. The drive against speeding started in February this year. Fines for traffic violations, other than speeding, totalled Rs 9,29,83,100 (Rs 9.3 crore approximately), about Rs 7.35 lakh less than the fine for speeding. The total amount for all fines stood at Rs 18,67,02,100.The drive against speeding picked up pace from April, surpassing the fines for other violations by a big number. Going forward, however, elections will weigh in on collection of fines. Earlier, the state government had asked the police not to fine violators during the festive season.Rs 2,000 fine on cars, Rs 1,500 for scootersVehicles are not permitted to drive beyond 70 kph on the SG Highway and the Ring Road. Nine vehicles including eight interceptors and one police vehicle, all equipped with speed guns, have been deployed to issue memos to violators at their registered address. The fine for the first speeding offence is Rs 2,000 for an LMV, while it is Rs 1,500 for a two-wheeler.Between January and October this year, June accounted for the highest fines totalling Rs 1.68 crore, followed by July at Rs 1.44 crore.A top traffic official told Mirror that they had not targeted hatchbacks that marginally violated the speed limits but big vehicles, especially huge SUVs, driven by the youth. “We have mainly kept the speed guns on the SG Highway, the Sindhu Bhavan Road and the Ring Road where most of the speeding offences and rash driving happen,” he said.

Cops issue e-memos of Rs 9.37cr for speeding, collect only Rs 1.75 cr
Woman taking walk after dinner raped near Vadodara
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

VADODARA: A 23-year-old woman taking a walk after dinner in Jarod on the Halol highway was allegedly raped and robbed of her mobile phone on Monday night. Four persons have been detained in connection with the incident on Tuesday. The incident took place when the woman was walking near the Vadodara-Halol highway close to a petrol pump while speaking to a friend over the phone. According to sources, the woman noticed someone following her and had also mentioned about it to her friend as well. The woman was allegedly knocked down by a motorcyclist. The accused then allegedly took her to an isolated place in Jarod and one of them, identified as Sanjay Chudasama raped her. Chudasama was accompanied by Pravin Solanki and Vitthal Solanki who had held the rape survivor. Fourth accused Aryan Kale was keeping a watch at some distance to ensure that nobody came to that place. Police inspector M C Parmar of Jarod police station said that all the accused were arrested after the offence was registered. He added that they will be presented in a court for remand after the mandatory Covid-19 test. The survivor's friend had sent a person working at a petrol pump to look for her after the woman mentioned that she was being followed. However, the accused allegedly beat the man up and also used a knife to threaten the man and the rape survivor as well. Cops have recovered the knife as well as the motorcycle used by the accused from the place of the incident. It has come to light that the motorcycle was stolen by the accused a couple of days ago. The accused were from Surat and were visiting Jarod, said the police.

Woman taking walk after dinner raped near Vadodara
Sariska tiger spotted close to Jaipur-Delhi NH
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

JAIPUR: Forest department officials are constantly monitoring the movement of a tiger after finding evidence that it is moving close to Jaipur-Delhi Highway. Tiger ST-24, a male tiger that is two years and a half old, had strayed from Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) and started living in Jamwa Ramgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. The last evidence of its presence was found in Toda Meena village close to the highway, said officials. A forest department team monitoring the movement of ST-24 anticipates that it can reach Achrol village. "The tiger was spotted in a village barely 8 km from Achrol. We are monitoring it and will inform the authorities if it ventures close to human settlement," said an official of the team. With the forest department having decided not to tranquilise the big cat and to take it back to the reserve, monitoring in the forest region has been beefed up. "The big cat is safe, and our teams are recording its movement. We do not have to tranquilise the animal or carry out a rescue operation as there is no situation of human-animal conflict," said an official For past five months, ST-24 had been living in Ajabgarh range, close to STR, before it moved to Jamwa Ramgarh, a vital forest corridor contiguous to STR. Large tracts of forest were declared as Jamwa Ramgarh Reserve Forest in 1961 under the Rajasthan Forest Act, 1953, and additional areas were added to create the wildlife sanctuary in 1982 under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, said officials. "Ramgarh WS region used to be a vital overspill area for young tigers of Sariska. After tiger population grew in 1999, the forest department submitted a proposal to the central government requesting that STR's jurisdiction be extended to incorporate Jamwa Ramgarh," said an official. However, the moving out of tigers from STR has raised a question mark on the habitat. "Tigers move out either because of territorial fights or disturbance in the core area. Earlier, Tiger 13 was continuously moving out before it finally disappeared. Tigers outside the reserve are not safe. The administration should put all efforts to make their habitat fit for living," said a retired forest department officer.

Sariska tiger spotted close to Jaipur-Delhi NH
Ahmedabad: New areas need 600 MLD more water by 2045
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

AHMEDABAD: In 2045, which is nearly two decades from now, the civic body will serve 56 lakh people living in the new western areas of Bopal-Ghuma and Ambli residences along the western part of SP Ring Road and the SG Highway. They would require 1,022 million litres of potable water supplied through their taps each day. These areas are currently supplied about 400 million litres per day (MLD). For the first time, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials have been able to simulate as to how much more infrastructure would be required by them to serve these areas. AMC plans to enhance the water treatment and processing capacity of Jaspur water treatment plant to supply water to these new west zone areas. "We estimate that nearly 34 lakh will live in areas like Ghatlodia, Gota, Thaltej, Bodakdev, Vejalpur, Jodhpur, Sarkhej, Maktampura, Ambli and Shilaj in New West Zone by 2030," says a senior AMC official. In 2030, the water requirement in these areas will be 620.12MLD, while by 2045, the daily water requirement will increase to 1,022.77MLD. AMC officials say that keeping in view the future requirement, construction work is underway for capacity enhancement of Jaspur Water Treatment Plant from 400MLD to 600MLD. A Rs 91 crore project for laying a new main water trunk line to the areas adjacent to the affordable housing zone along the western parts of SP Ring Road and SG Highway in the city is currently on. A new water trunk line will be laid from Kotarpur to Motera's Pramukh Swami Road. A 2,200mm diameter trunk line is laid from Jaspur water treatment plant to the 30 lakh litres capacity Vaishnodevi Devi overhead tank. There will be three waterlines that will emerge from this overhead tank.

Ahmedabad: New areas need 600 MLD more water by 2045
  • Ahd: New areas need 600 MLD more water by 2045
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: In 2045, which is nearly two decades from now, the civic body will serve 56 lakh people living in the new western areas of Bopal-Ghuma and Ambli residences along the western part of SP Ring Road and the SG Highway. They would require 1,022 million litres of potable water supplied through their taps each day. These areas are currently supplied about 400 million litres per day (MLD). For the first time, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) officials have been able to simulate as to how much more infrastructure would be required by them to serve these areas. AMC plans to enhance the water treatment and processing capacity of Jaspur water treatment plant to supply water to these new west zone areas. "We estimate that nearly 34 lakh will live in areas like Ghatlodia, Gota, Thaltej, Bodakdev, Vejalpur, Jodhpur, Sarkhej, Maktampura, Ambli and Shilaj in New West Zone by 2030," says a senior AMC official. In 2030, the water requirement in these areas will be 620.12MLD, while by 2045, the daily water requirement will increase to 1,022.77MLD. AMC officials say that keeping in view the future requirement, construction work is underway for capacity enhancement of Jaspur Water Treatment Plant from 400MLD to 600MLD. A Rs 91 crore project for laying a new main water trunk line to the areas adjacent to the affordable housing zone along the western parts of SP Ring Road and SG Highway in the city is currently on. A new water trunk line will be laid from Kotarpur to Motera's Pramukh Swami Road. A 2,200mm diameter trunk line is laid from Jaspur water treatment plant to the 30 lakh litres capacity Vaishnodevi Devi overhead tank. There will be three waterlines that will emerge from this overhead tank.

Alert neighbours avert fire in Maninagar house
Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 month ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
1 month ago | |

Alert neighbours avert fire in Maninagar houseIt was past 12.30 in the night when a firecracker rocket came whistling down and fell on a cot in the compound of a bungalow in Maninagar. Jeetra Bhatt and his family, who live in Tripada society in Maninagar, were fast asleep as the cot and a swing near it caught fire. Just then, their neighbours saw flames and woke up Bhatt.He rushed down from the first floor with son and, with the help of neighbours, poured buckets of water and doused the flames. If the neighbours hadn’t been alert, the flames would have spread resulting in serious consequences. The swing and the cot were burnt to ashes. It could have been even worse as the gas pipe line was close to the spot in the bungalow. Every year, several such incidents take place.Two killed in hit-and-run cases in AhmedabadAhmedabad, Oct 24 (IANS) Two persons were killed in separate accidents on S.G Highway in the city, sources said on Monday.The victims’ families have lodged complaints against two drivers for driving rashly and snuffing out two lives late on Sunday evening.In the first incident, Chandkheda area’s resident and railway employee Mukesh Goswami was headed towards Pakwan square, when a truck hit him from the rear at the SG highway. Mukesh was rushed to Sola Government hospital, where he succumbed to his head injuries. A complaint has been lodged with the SG Highway traffic police station against the unidentified truck driver.On Sola bridge, a pillion rider was hit by a hot concrete mixer truck on Sunday evening, killing one Sourabh Gaur on the spot, while his friend Sonu Oza suffered minor injuries. Traffic police are looking for the two errant truck drivers. With the help of CCTV footage, police will track down both the drivers soon, said a police station officer.IANSRs 90,000 phone stolen​​​​​​​An Anandnagar resident has filed a complaint that his Rs 90,000 phone was stolen from his car when he went for shopping at a known mall on SG Highway on October 7.Paresh Shah, 55, a businessman, had kept his car in Iskcon Mall’s parking space on SG Highway and left his Samsung Ultra phone worth Rs 90,000 on the passenger seat.On return, he found that the passenger seat’s window glass was open and his phone had disappeared.Satellite police on Sunday have registered a theftcomplaint.

Alert neighbours avert fire in Maninagar house
Bogus billing scam: Gujarat GST department nabs ‘mastermind’, recovers Rs 60 cr
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

The Gujarat Goods and Service Tax (GST) department arrested one person from Bhavnagar who it claimed to be the “mastermind” in a bogus billing scam worth Rs 700 crore. The accused, identified as Mohammad Abbas Shabbirali Savjani alias Mohammad Tata, was arrested Sunday by the state GST department near SG highway in Ahmedabad. “We have recovered over Rs 60 crore of tax credit till now. Bogus billing was about Rs 700 crore and the tax credit of about Rs 130 crore was scammed. The mastermind Mohammad Abbas Shabbirali Savjani (Mohammad Tata) of Bhavnagar did not show his presence during the investigation and was on a constant run. He was arrested near the SG Highway in Ahmedabad. The arrests have been made under Section 69 (power to arrest) of the GST Act,” said Milind Kavatkar, Additional Commissioner of Enforcement, at a press conference in Ahmedabad Monday. The scam, which has been going on since 2017, came to light in June 2021 when two vehicles were found to be bogus in a preliminary verification. Ten people were arrested so far in the case. “A team of three Deputy commissioners and six Assistant commissioners were entrusted to monitor this operation. The accused misused the documents of the poor people to register firms/companies for the registration under the GST. In return, these people were provided some financial inducements. They obtained registration numbers in the name of 121 different firms (known till date), issued only bills (invoices) without physical movement of goods and passed on false credits. An evasion of about Rs 130 crore of tax credit was done by filing bogus GST bills. They further channelled the money deposited in the bank accounts of these bogus firms to other accounts for withdrawal and to other beneficiary traders. This way they defrauded the tax,” said Kavatkar. “Further investigation is being done. Initially, physical examination of the firm registered with the department was not done while giving the permission for registration. But after 2019, the site examination was brought into operation, after various scams started coming up,” said Kavatkar.

Bogus billing scam: Gujarat GST department nabs ‘mastermind’, recovers Rs 60 cr
Guj: 10 dead, 7 hurt after truck hits three-wheeler
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

VADODARA: Ten people were killed and seven others sustained injuries when a truck hit a three-wheeler ferrying passengers on a national highway in Gujarat's Vadodara on Tuesday afternoon. The accident took place near Darjipura at around 12.15pm. The truck was heading to Ahmedabad from Surat. According to the police, the accident occurred when the driver of the truck avoided hitting a car that came on its way. The driver lost control of the vehicle that rammed into the rickshaw full of passengers. Minutes within the accident, fire officials reached the spot and began rescue operations. "The driver swerved the truck that went on the other side of the highway and hit the rickshaw coming in its direction. Such was the impact of the accident that the rickshaw got completely mangled. The truck too ran into a nearby ditch," said Amit Chaudhary, Vadodara station fire officer. "We had to use a hydraulic cutter to rescue the injured who were then rushed to SSG Hospital. Then three cranes were brought in to lift the container and pull out the remaining portion of the auto-rickshaw. Some of the deceased were found stuck under the tyres of the truck," Chaudhary told TOI. Three of the deceased have been identified as Veerpalsinh Chavda, driver of the rickshaw, and passengers - Savtia Baria and Juvansinh Baria. The deceased had boarded the rickshaw at Golden Chowkdi and were on their way to Kapurai crossroads. “The highway saw heavy traffic jam after the accident and it took us hours to clear the traffic,” said a police officer. Anguished by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Vadodara district. Condolences to the bereaved families. M… https://t.co/qvhVkO1eKq— PMO India (@PMOIndia) 1664880316000Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief at the loss of lives in the accident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured. Gujarat chief minister Bhupendra Patel has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for families of those who died in the accident and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

Guj: 10 dead, 7 hurt after truck hits three-wheeler
Traffic blockages trouble commuters
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

Two major arterial roads that pour traffic from SG Highway and areas beyond into the city remained blocked for the flagging off of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This sent office traffic out of gear choking several other parallel roads.Chaos reigned on the Drive-In-Road, the road between SG Highway Gurudwara and Vastrapur Road which were closed for about three hours as state transport and AMTS buses ferried people to the event at Doordarshan Grounds on Friday morning.The event resulted in office goers who use the Drive-In Road and roads running parallel to it in distress as the way remained blocked for over three hours.Even the roads adjoining the Thaltej underpass on the SG Highway were blocked to allow movement of ST and AMTS buses ferrying people for the event.Several roads such as the road leading from Vastrapur lake to the SG Highway were also blocked to allow parking of ST buses.This resulted in other roads getting choked creating a traffic jam as the diversions and smaller lanes were not built to handle the traffic.People were seen venting their anger at cops managing the traffic as many were running late for office. Those having offices on the Drive-In Road were not allowed to park vehicles and were forced to walk down to their offices leaving their vehicles behind.An office goer who wanted to cross over from Gurukul towards Vastrapur was dragged on the road by cops who threatened to seize his vehicle. The man was roughed up by the police and he was allowed to return to his vehicle only after others intervened to cool tempers. “Holding such events in the heart of the city without alternative transport arrangements is not good. The administration should ensure proper arrangements for such events instead of just blocking roads that result in traffic chaos,” an office goer caught in the traffic told Mirror on condition of anonymity.

Traffic blockages trouble commuters
Mira-Bhayander civic body directed by Bombay HC to demolish portions of BJP ex-MLA’s hotel
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation to demolish portions of the Seven Eleven Club & Hotel, associated with former BJP MLA Narendra Mehta for allegedly flouting Floor Space Index (FSI) norms.A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Makarand S Karnik was hearing a public interest petition (PIL) filed by Faiyyaz Mullaji, a resident and social activist from Mira Road.Mullaji had alleged that the hotel had been constructed in a no-development zone. He claimed that the commencement certificate issued for constructing the structure on land measuring over 14,000 sq m was in violation of the civic body’s development plan.Advocate Rakesh Agrawal, appearing for Mullaji, claimed that additional FSI granted to the building on payment of premium was illegal.He said that the condition behind granting such additional FSI was that the plot should be abutting the highway. However, the plot was not close to either the Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway or the Ghodbunder state highway.The petitioner said that the state urban development department, on April 13, 2018, wrote to the civic body asking it to allow additional FSI of 0.8 by charging premium.The corporation granted the same in October 2018, which was contrary to the law, the PIL added.The lawyer for Seven Eleven hotel, however, said that additional FSI was granted on the basis of a 2018 government notification and therefore, the constructions cannot be considered as unauthorised.However, the HC found merit in Mullaji’s case and directed the demolition of the unauthorised portions.

Mira-Bhayander civic body directed by Bombay HC to demolish portions of BJP ex-MLA’s hotel
Food joints choc-a-bloc on first Navratri night
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

The food parks in western parts of the city witnessed never before rush on the first night of Navratri with people extending the post-garba food indulgence after a gap of three years.Food parks like FRIZBee and Urban Chowk — apart from night food markets opposite Shalby hospital, Ankur Cross Roads, Bhatta, Shyamal Cross Roads, Gota, Manekchok, Maninagar etc — saw huge foot falls. The government has allowed the food joints to operate beyond 12 am looking at Navratri.Food parks have been around for a few years but Navratri is giving them a big push. Two more such parks are coming up on the SG Highway that will be operational before Diwali.The spacious venue coupled with cleanliness, ample parking space and prominent brands of the city attract youths and even families.Nirav Oza, a representative of FRIZBee, a food park on Sindhu Bhavan Road, said, “The government decision to allow food joints to operate post 12 am has come at the right time as almost all the food joints went through a tough two-year period due to Covid. We are now seeing a ray of hope during the festive season. We had a houseful-like situation in our park on Monday.”About the growing popularity of food parks, he said, “Food parks offer a different experience of having food with friends and families. Our park has the benefit of being near SG Highway party plots and clubs, where the biggest garbas are hosted. Availability of known brands is another factor.”Dhwanya Shah, a student who visited Urban Chowk with his friends after garba, said, “We sat there for a couple of hours and enjoyed the company of friends till midnight. It was a nice experience. Thanks to the state government decision, food parks will remain open till 2 am instead of 1 am on regular days.”

Food joints choc-a-bloc on first Navratri night
NHAI chief asks Gujarat officials to fix potholes on NH-48 in 10 days
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

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.”

NHAI chief asks Gujarat officials to fix potholes on NH-48 in 10 days
Dance away the nights! Cops will keep you safe
Ahmedabad Mirror | 2 months ago | |
Ahmedabad Mirror
2 months ago | |

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.

Dance away the nights! Cops will keep you safe
Sudden narrowing of lanes, no signboards: Palghar cops flag warning signals to NHAI
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

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.

Sudden narrowing of lanes, no signboards: Palghar cops flag warning signals to NHAI
Ahmedabad: Family of 5 killed in highway accident
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

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.”

Ahmedabad: Family of 5 killed in highway accident
  • Ahmedabad: Family of 5 killed in car-truck collision on Dhandhuka-Bagodara highway
  • The Indian Express

    A family of five was killed in a head-on truck-car collision Friday night at 8:30 pm near Haripur on the Dhandhuka-Bagodara highway on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The deceased included two children, aged 1 and 10.  An FIR was lodged at the Dhandhuka police station and the truck driver was detained, a Dhandhuka police station official said.“A family of five was in the car, and all died on the spot. Rajendrasinh Chudasama (43) was driving the vehicle. The truck was coming from Dhandhuka towards Bagodara, while the car was going towards Dhandhuka. It is a single lane road without a divider. The family belonged to Zinzar village in Dhandhuka taluka. An FIR was lodged last night and we have detained the driver. He will be arrested soon,” the official said.Apart from his children, Rajendrasinh’s 72-year old mother and 40-year old wife were also killed.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, 2022Expressing sorrow over the incident, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel on Saturday 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.”The accused driver, Rajeshbhai Karangiya, aged around 50, 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.

Mumbai to get moderate rain today: IMD
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

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.

Mumbai to get moderate rain today: IMD
  • Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms with lightning in Gujarat till Sept 16: IMD
  • The Indian Express

    The IMD has issued a heavy rainfall warning for Gujarat till September 16 and said the Southwest Monsoon is expected to be active over the state in the coming week due to the systems that have developed in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea.The IMD has said light thunderstorms with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied by light to moderate rain are very likely across the state Tuesday. The weather bureau has cautioned that heavy to very heavy rain in isolated places is very likely in the Narmada and Surat districts Tuesday.“Heavy rains at isolated places very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Vadodara, Bharuch, Navsari, Valsad and Tapi; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar,” it also predicted for Tuesday.On September 14, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Vadodara and Chhota Udepur districts in South Gujarat along with heavy rain in the Kheda, Ahmedabad, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod, and Mahisagar districts in North Gujarat and in the Surendranagar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar, and Botad districts in Saurashtra.The IMD said districts in Saurashtra and South Gujarat are expected to continue receiving heavy rainfall on September 15 and 16 as well.“The monsoon trough continues to pass through Nalia, Ahmedabad, Brahmapuri, Jagdalpur, the centre of depression over south coastal Odisha and neighbourhood and thence east southeastwards to East-central Bay of Bengal. Also, cyclonic circulation over the East-central Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra-Goa coasts is extending above mean sea level persists,” the IMD forecast issued Sunday stated.Till 6 pm Sunday, 75 talukas recorded rainfall—Karjan in Vadodara recorded 41 mm and Umerpada in Surat 37 mm. Other areas to record heavy rain were Subir in Dang, Sinor in Vadodara, Palanpur in Banaskantha, Jotana in Mehsana, and Dahod.Parts of Ahmedabad city also recorded heavy rainfall between 4 pm and 7 pm Sunday with an average rainfall of 23 mm. Water logging was reported due to heavy rainfall in Paldi, Chandlodiya, Maninagar, Ranip, Jodhpur, Gota, and Science City.

  • Heavy rainfall in Gujarat for a week, warns IMD
  • The Indian Express

    Gujarat is likely to see heavy rainfall until September 16 as southwest monsoon is expected to be active in the coming week due to systems developed in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, stated an advisory from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Sunday.“The monsoon trough continues to pass through Nalia, Ahmedabad, Brahmapuri, Jagdalpur, the centre of Depression over south coastal Odisha and neighbourhood and thence east, southeastwards to the Eastcentral Bay of Bengal. Also, cyclonic circulation over East Central Arabian Sea off south Maharashtra-Goa coasts is extending above mean sea-level persists,” the IMD stated.Until 6 pm Sunday, 75 talukas recorded rainfall on Sunday. Karjan in Vadodara recorded 41 mm, followed by Umerpada (37 mm) in Surat. Other areas that recorded heavy rainfall include Subir in Dang, Sinor in Vadodara, Palanpur in Banaskantha, Jotana in Mehsana and Dahod.Parts of Ahmedabad city also recorded heavy rainfall between 4 pm and 7 pm with an average rainfall of 23 mm. Water logging due to heavy rainfall in the areas of Paldi in the west zone that recorded 55 mm.On Monday, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in the districts of Saurashtra, namely Rajkot and Morbi, heavy rains at isolated places in the districts of Kheda, Mehsana, Banaskantha, Anand, Narmada, Bharuch Surat, Navsari, Valsad, Tapi and in Jamnagar, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Dwarka and Gir Somnath.Also, light thunderstorms with lightning and surface wind less than 40 kmph (in gust) accompanied by light to moderate rain is very likely across the state Monday and Tuesday.The IMD has cautioned against heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places in the districts of South Gujarat, namely Narmada and Surat for Tuesday.Further, “heavy rain at isolated places is very likely in the districts of South Gujarat region namely Vadodara, Bharuch Navsari, Valsad and Tapi; in the districts of Saurashtra namely Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli and Bhavnagar,” Tuesday.On September 14, heavy to very heavy rain is expected in Vadodara and Chhota Udepur along with heavy rain Kheda, Ahmedabad, Anand, Panchmahal, Dahod and Mahisagar and in Saurashtra districts of Surendranagar, Rajkot, Amreli, Bhavnagar and Botad.

  • Gujarat: Heavy rainfall lashes parts of Kheda
  • Times of India

  • Gujarat: Temp soars, rain likely on Friday
  • Times of India

    AHMEDABAD: With no rain for the past few days, the maximum temperature on Tuesday increased to 35 degrees celsius, which was 2.1 degrees higher than normal. Minimum temperature also increased slightly to 25.6 degrees. According to India meteorological department (IMD) forecast, with a system advancing from Bay of Bengal to western states, several parts of the state are likely to get rainfall from Friday onwards. On Friday, Navsari, Valsad and Dang are likely to get heavy rainfall, whereas light thunderstorm with lightning and gusty wind are likely in several districts of south and central Gujarat, including Ahmedabad.

Anahita Pandole could not manoeuvre the turn on NH-48: NHAI project director
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The recent accident killing industrialist Cyrus Mistry and a family friend on National Highway-48 has forced the Union government to bring a rule mandating rear seat occupants of any car to wear seatbelts. It has also brought forth a debate on the lacunae in designs. The police have already said that the spot where Dr Anahita Pandole, who was at the wheel when the fatal accident took place, rammed the car into the edge of a bridge, the three-lane highway narrows into a two-lane bridge and there is another two-lane bridge on the side.The Indian Express spoke to project director Suraj Singh, 41, of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on the accidents that happen on this stretch, but he denied that there was a design fault. Excerpts from the interview.What possibly went wrong on Sunday when the accident involving the Mercedes carrying Anahita Pandole and other occupants took place?According to the police and our investigation, speeding was the main reason for this accident. Some authorities also say the accident happened as the three-lane highway bifurcates into two bridges of two lanes each. She was travelling on the extreme left. Maybe, she could not manoeuvre the turn where the three-lane road merged into a two-lane bridge.When did you first come to know about this accident?I saw the pictures at around 3pm on the day of the accident on a social media group of NHAI officers, but did not know who was in the car. Our ambulance and road patrol van were mobilised immediately. I realised who the occupants were when I watched the news.We are told that the police have asked for rumble strips at 12 places on the NH-48 that passes through Palghar district. Won’t this have an impact on the speed? Are rumble strips an answer to the problem and design flaws?Rumble strips are 5mm thick. They reduce the speed of any vehicle by 10 per cent. They do not cause much discomfort, and also give some kind of warning to the driver.What kind of speed is the NH-48 designed to take?The NH-48 was earlier a four-lane highway and the road was widened to six lanes in 2011-12 by the NHAI and it is designed for a maximum speed of 100 kmph. But the permissible speed is 80 kmph on all national highways.Do you feel that the place where the accident took place was a black spot as a three-lane highway narrowed onto a two-lane bridge. Is this not a fault in design?It is not a design fault. This highway was earlier a four-lane one and was upgraded to six lanes. On the stretch of the highway over Surya river (where the accident took place), we have two separate bridges of two lanes each on the Mumbai-bound carriage. The merging has been designed for a maximum speed of 100 kmph. But if one drives at 80 kmph, the maximum permissible limit, then one can easily manoeuvre the turn. But if one drives at 120 kmph, then it’s difficult to manoeuvre.Do you feel that the state should construct a trauma care unit on the highway?Definitely, a trauma care unit needs to be constructed, there is no doubt. This is one of the busiest highways and lots of accidents take place here.How many accidents take place every year on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway and how many are fatal?In the Maharashtra stretch of NH-48 alone, 700 accidents take place every year, and 40 to 50 are fatal.What are the main reasons for accidents on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway?As per our record and analysis, the main reasons are speeding and overtaking.Many accidents take place in the early morning between 4am and 6am as drivers feel sleepy. Between 2pm to 3pm, when the highways are relatively empty, some drivers tend to speed and meet with accidents. Another time when many accidents happen is in the evening from 6pm to 7pm, when a lot of heavy and small vehicles hit the stretch. We have also observed that a lot of accidents happen on Sundays between 4pm and 8pm, when people coming towards Mumbai are in a hurry to reach home.Besides, a lot of trucks come on the lanes meant for smaller vehicles and there is very little evidence of police action against them. They also cause accidents.What is the NHAI doing to install more safety features on the NH-48?We still need to improvise. We are going to provide rumble strips as suggested by the police. It was on our minds too. We will also install more reflectors and cat-eye reflectors along hazardous locations.

Anahita Pandole could not manoeuvre the turn on NH-48: NHAI project director
Days after Mercedes accident, NHAI asked to put rumbler strips at 12 spots on NH-48
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), which manages NH-48, where industrialist Cyrus Mistry was killed on Sunday in an accident, has been told to put rumbler strips in at least 12 spots on the highway stretch passing through Palghar district of Maharashtra.Palghar collector Govind Bodke had convened a meeting of the police, NHAI, Public Works department, Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation and City Industrial Development Corporation and other stakeholders on Thursday evening.Speaking to The Indian Express, Palghar superintendent of police Balasaheb Patil said, “We have told NHAI to put rumbler strips in at least 12 spots so that the speed of vehicles automatically reduces. We have also asked them to install cats eye reflectors and signages to caution motorists.”The police have also asked NHAI and other authorities to install CCTV cameras at every stretch on a distance of 2 km on the highway, said Patil and added that the police have also asked for cranes and a fire tender too.He added the police have received an interim report from Mercedes on the crash. The Mercedes in which Cyrus Mistry died was being driven by his family friend Dr Anahita Pandole. “The report sent by Mercedes to us on Wednesday night said that the vehicle was well over 100 kmph and Dr Pandole applied brakes five seconds prior to the accident. When the crash took place, the vehicle was travelling at a speed of 89 kmph,” Patil said.A Mercedes spokesperson said that the letter to the SP was an internal communication. Meanwhile, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) president and Vasai MLA Hitendra Thakur met Chief Minister Eknath Shinde Wednesday and demanded a 200-bed hospital along the highway. On Sunday, Dr Pandole and her husband Darius had to be taken to a superspecialty hospital in Vapi, 50 km away from the accident spot. Thakur also wrote a letter to health minister Dr Tanaji Sawant.Follow Mumbai News Live UpdatesThe accident on Sunday at Kasa has brought to the fore many issues such as healthcare facilities on highways and overall road infrastructure and design.“There is no hospital near the highway within a 30-km stretch of Vasai taluka on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. If an accident occurs on such a long highway, medical help is not able to be reached immediately. This was also noticed during Mistry’s accident,” Thakur wrote in the letter.Dr Pandole and her husband Darius were shifted to Mumbai by creating a green corridor. A hospital source said, Darius Pandole, who is admitted at H N Reliance Foundation Hospital, has undergone a minor surgery for his forearm fixation on Thursday afternoon. “The surgery went well, he is stable and recouping. Dr Anahita Pandole is still under observation, stable and is improving,” the source said.

Days after Mercedes accident, NHAI asked to put rumbler strips at 12 spots on NH-48
MLA writes to Maharashtra minister for a well-equipped hospital on Maharashtra- Ahmedabad national highway
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Following the death of entrepreneur and former Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry in a car crash on Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway in Maharashtra’s Palghar district four days ago, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) president and Vasai MLA Hitendra Thakur wrote to Maharashtra Health Minister Dr Tanaji Sawant Wednesday requesting the government to set up a 200-bed hospital with state-of-the-art facilities in Palghar.Thakur, who was also accompanied by Nallasopara MLA Kshitij Thakur and Boisar MLA Rajesh Patil, also gave a copy of the letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde during his visit to his official residence Wednesday.Cyrus Mistry’s car accident on Sunday at Kasa has brought to fore many issues, including the dearth of adequate healthcare facilities on national highways and overall road infrastructure and design.“There is no hospital near the highway within the 30-km stretch of Vasai taluka on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. If an accident occurs on such a long highway, it is often difficult to provide immediate medical help. This was also noticed during Mistry’s accident,” Thakur said in the letter.When the accident occurred at Palghar, about 100 kilometres from Mumbai, renowned gynaecologist Dr Anahita Pandole and her husband who were also travelling with Mistry from Ahmedabad had to be rushed to a multi-specialty hospital almost 100 kilometres away at Vapi in Gujarat.Thakur had earlier brought to the attention of the administration regarding the lack of hospitals along the stretch. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway passes through the tribal talukas of Talasari, Vikramgad, Wada, Jawhar, Mokhada and Dahanu where there are no proper healthcare facilities.The absence of a proper super-specialty hospital or trauma care centre within the 30-km stretch of Vasai taluka near Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway has left the public with no other option but to take the accident victims to Mumbai that require a journey of more than an hour, and many patients lose their lives in the transit.

MLA writes to Maharashtra minister for a well-equipped hospital on Maharashtra- Ahmedabad national highway
  • MLA writes to Maharashtra minister to set up a well-equipped hospital on Maharashtra- Ahmedabad national highway
  • The Indian Express

    Following the death of entrepreneur and former Tata chairman Cyrus Mistry in a car crash on the National Highway in Palghar district in Maharashtra four days ago, Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) president and Vasai MLA Hitendra Thakur wrote to Maharashtra Health Minister Dr Tanaji Sawant Wednesday requesting the construction of a well-equipped 200-bed hospital with state-of-the-art facilities along Mumbai-Ahmedabad national highway.Thakur, who was also accompanied by Nallasopara MLA Kshitij Thakur and Boisar MLA Rajesh Patil, also gave a copy of the letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde during his visit to his official residence Wednesday.Cyrus Mistry’s car accident on Sunday at Kasa has brought to fore many issues, including the dearth of adequate healthcare facilities on highways and overall road infrastructure and design.“There is no hospital near the highway within the 30-km stretch of Vasai taluka on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. If an accident occurs on such a long highway, it is often difficult to provide immediate medical help. This was also noticed during Mistry’s accident,” Thakur said in the letter.Thakur had earlier brought to the attention of the administration regarding the lack of hospitals along the stretch. The Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway passes through the tribal talukas of Talasari, Vikramgad, Wada, Jawhar, Mokhada and Dahanu where there are no proper healthcare facilities.As a result, there is no other option but to take the accident victims to Mumbai, and many patients lose their lives in the transit.

IRF to audit accident-prone Mum-Ahm stretch
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

AHMEDABAD: Taking cognizance of the recent road mishap which led to the death of the former chairman of Tata Group, Cyrus Mistry, Geneva-based International Road Federation (IRF) is set to conduct a road safety audit on the accident-prone section of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway, to identify and remove deficiencies on the section. The road safety audit involves evaluating highway improvement scheme during design, at the end of construction and post construction, to identify deficiencies and to suggest measures to eliminate or mitigate them. “Concerned over rising road accidents in the country and the recent fatal road accident in which eminent businessman, Cyrus Mistry, lost his life on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai Highway, the IRF has decided to conduct a Road Safety Audit on the accident-prone stretch to evaluate and identify road deficiencies,” said KK Kapila, president emeritus, IRF. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, India accounted for 4.03 lakh road accidents in 2021 in which some 1.55 lakh people died. In Gujarat alone, 6,719 road accidents took place in which some 7,641 people died. “This translates to a 0.53% increase in the death rate as compared to 2020 in India. India’s performance over the years has not shown significant improvement and the loss due to road traffic accidents is equivalent to 5-7% of the country’s GDP, according to the World Bank Report June 2022,” said Kapila. According to IRF data, India accounts for at least 11% of global fatal road accidents, the highest in the world. IRF is currently working in seven states namely Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh along the worst road section, aiming to correct them. Road safety audits are undertaken by teams of specialists trained in the skills of road safety engineering. Strategic road schemes and the majority of new works are required to have an independent Road Safety Audit to take corrective measures to reduce accidents. “The worldwide concept of forgiving roads is getting popular with zero fatalities. The 5E’s of safe road systems namely Engineering of Roads, Engineering of Vehicles and Policy Corrections, Education, Enforcement and Emergency care should be simultaneously carried out on all the roads,” said Satish Parakh, president, IRF-IC.

IRF to audit accident-prone Mum-Ahm stretch
NHAI plans to put more signages on the highway near accident spot
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will be putting up more signages on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway near Charoti bridge, cautioning motorists to drive safely, confirmed an NHAI official a day after Cyrus Mistry, former head of Tata Sons, and his friend Jehangir Pandole, Director, Global Strategy Group at KPMG in London, were killed after their car crashed on the bridge in Kasa, Palghar district, and two other occupants suffered grievous injuries.Project Director, Suraj Singh of NHAI which manages NH-48 said, “Palghar MP Rajendra Gavit has called for a meeting to discuss more signages on the highway. We will install more signages on the highway, but the spot where the accident happened was not a blackspot.’’ Gavit told The Indian Express, “More signages, ambulances, and fire brigade are needed on NH-48 at Talasari, Kasa, Manor. I will be taking this up in a meeting with all stakeholders on Thursday.”A Palghar police officer said the car was speeding. “As per a CCTV camera at the Dapchari check point of RTO, their car travelled 21 km in 14 to 16 minutes.” Requesting anonymity, another government-authorised expert, who visited the spot on Sunday, said, “Briefly there are three issues that led to the accident. One of them is over-speeding and electronic enforcement will be needed to keep a check on it. Secondly, the occupants seated behind were not wearing seat belts and so, all cars need a reminder system for seat belts. Thirdly, there needs to be a crash barrier on the parapet wall on the bridge to lessen the crash impact.”While the Palghar police said the two-lane bridge over the Surya River (also called Surya River Charoti bridge) on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway is not an accident-prone site since no fatal accidents took place there, locals and motorists claim the highway needs better signages as well as improvised dividers between the service road and the highway before reaching the Surya river bridge.When The Indian Express visited the spot on Sunday evening, hours after the crash, there were not adequate traffic-related signages and markings at the spot, especially ahead of the divider. The crash spot is on the Mumbai-bound stretch of the Surya river Charoti bridge situated near Charoti village in Kasa tehsil in Palghar.Around the time of the accident, the vehicle was coming from the Ahmedabad side of the highway towards Mumbai. As it reached Charoti village, it took the Kasa flyover which is just a few hundred metres from the Surya River bridge.Getting down the Kasa flyover leads one to a three-lane road. However, while approaching the Surya river bridge, within a 50-80 metre distance, there is a curve which narrows down to two lanes.Newsletter | Click to get the day’s best explainers in your inboxPolice said when Mistry’s car crossed the flyover to go towards Mumbai, the vehicle was on the extreme left of the three lane road and was speeding.When it reached the bridge on the Surya river, where the road narrows to two lanes, the car – in its attempt to move to the right side of the lane – rammed into the boundary wall or railing of the bridge after veering out of control, police said.(With inputs from Vallabh Ozarkar)

NHAI plans to put more signages on the highway near accident spot