Foundation suggests safety measures for Solapur highway

September 3rd, 2009

PUNE: The Rajashree Parmar Memorial Foundation, which works for accident prevention and road safety awareness, has suggested various road safety measures which need to be implemented on the Pune-Solapur highway after it is widened to a four-lane road.

A 190-km stretch of the highway from Yewat to Solapur will be widened to a four-lane road. The project will be undertaken by the central road transport ministry and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).

Managing trustee of the foundation, Chandmal Parmar, said the mistakes regarding the issuance of daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly passes for paying toll on the Yashwantrao Chavan Pune-Mumbai expressway and the Pune-Mumbai national highway should not be repeated on this road. He has suggested that local residents, in the vicinity of 10 to 20 km from the toll plaza, should be issued concessional passes. The toll, he added, should be collected by the NHAI.

Parmar has pointed out the need for providing a six-metre service lanes at places where there is a residential locality along the highway, and also at places where there is industrial, or commercial area. Lanes should also be provided at places where there are garages for repair of vehicles.

He said as there are many sugar factories along the highway stretch, a separate lane should be provided for slow moving vehicles carrying sugarcane.

Parmar has pointed out that there is heavy rush of vehicles at the toll plazas on the Pune-Mumbai expressway, especially in the mornings at Talegaon, and at Khalapur in the evening. He said that at the toll plazas there are eight lanes on either side. If the lanes are increased to 12 at Talegaon plaza in the morning and at Khalapur in the evening, the delay caused for payment of toll would be reduced.

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