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New safety policy soon

Special Correspondent

Slew of measures to check road mishaps


  • Provision for dividers, speed-breakers
  • No more statues, flag-posts
  • Potholes to go, bridges to be repaired


    HYDERABAD: The Government has finalised a road safety policy with new features to prevent road accidents.

    The policy provides for construction of dividers depending on road width, rumble-strips to serve as speed-breakers at all junctions and congestion points, and crash barriers wherever the road is three metres high above ground level.

    The policy will be announced in three days through a GO, the Roads & Buildings Minister, J. Ramamohan Rao, disclosed at a video-conference here on Friday with district officials. It will outline steps to remove encroachments on roads and ban tractors with threshers having metal wheels from plying on roads.

    Weight problem

    Most Indian roads are designed to bear nine tonnes of weight but cement and steel companies were found plying vehicles with 40 tonnes. The new policy would seek to tackle this problem too.

    Mr. Rao asked officials to fill potholes and repair bridges in a month. He authorised them to make an upward revision of the estimates for these works in view of the increase in prices of steel and cement after the VAT regime. Dividers would have to be provided if the road was 14 metres wide in towns and 10 metres in villages. Increased space would have to be provided at curves to ensure better manoeuvrability for drivers.

    Officials were asked to prevent political parties from erecting flag-posts and statues of leaders. In this regard, he said, he would address letters to MLAs and other elected representatives.

    Referring to poor maintenance of the 120-odd guesthouses owned by the department, he said they would be handed over to private parties, but only after setting aside some rooms for the department.

    All vacant lands under the guesthouses and old machinery such as rollers and lorries would be disposed of, he said.

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