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Cops crack down on vehicles with tinted glasses

Add comment June 15th, 2009

MUMBAI: The traffic police has started a sustained campaign against vehicles with tinted glasses, particularly in south and central Mumbai. Dr A B Road, Girgaum Chowpatty and Senapati Bapat Marg are some of the roads where cops have been regularly cracking down on errant vehicles.

“Every traffic division has one officer who has received special training in operating a machine which measures the transparency of tinted glass in percentage points. A team of two officers works in shifts,” an official said. Ever since the drive started, the police have registered over a dozen cases daily at each chowky.

“If the transparency is below the mandatory mark, the vehicle owners have to cough up a fine of Rs 100. If they are unable to pay the fine, their licenses are confiscated and they are asked to change the glass in two days,” the officer said.

According to the Central Motor Vehicles Rule, 1989, vehicles fitted with dark glasses or tinted glasses need to have 50% transparency on the side windows and 75% transparency on the front and rear windows.

Between January and April, the traffic police registered cases against 10,220 vehicles for having tinted glasses and collected Rs 7.14 lakh in fines.

Anil Thakker, chairman of the Traffic Committee, Western India Automobile Association (WIAA), said, “The rationale behind the rule is that the driver of the vehicle should be visible. Also, manufacturers of the glass are aware of the traffic rules and regulations. But if there are so many cases, then people may be adding more films to reduce the transparency. They should try to adhere to this rule.”

25 injured as bus overturns in Maharashtra

Add comment June 15th, 2009

Mumbai: Atleast 25 persons were injured when the bus they were travelling in turned turtle on the Vile Parle highway in Maharashtra on Sunday. he accident took place at around 5.35 a.m.

There were 35 passengers in the bus who were being taken from Shirdi to Borivli. “We saw the bus turning turtle. There were about 30-35 passengers in it. They all were crying for help. There were ladies and gents. We broke the rear glass of the bus and took the passengers out,” said an eyewitness, Vijay.

All the injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.

Police said they are investigating the cause of the accident.

Bandra-Worli sea link in Mumbai to open shortly

Add comment April 30th, 2009

MUMBAI – Bandra-Worli sea link, an ambitious eight-lane twin carriageway, is to be opened shortly in Mumbai.

The 5.6 kilometers long cable-stayed bridge has been designed to allow for speedy road travel between Bandra and Worli in the busy and traffic-ridden city of Mumbai.

This sea bridge would reduce road travel time from one hour to seven minutes.

“This bridge will save our time. We will be able to reach Worli in 10 to 15 minutes,” said Zafar Iqbal Khan, a resident.

Mahim causeway is currently the only link connecting the island city of Mumbai with its western suburbs and the 7 km stretch has witnessed intense traffic congestion for years.

An estimated 120,000 vehicles travel on the Mahim causeway everyday and during peak hours it takes about forty minutes to travel from Mahim causeway to Worli, a distance of about 8 km.

Once the rupees 16.4 billion sea link project is commissioned, it will be an additional link from the western suburbs to the island city and will act as a high-speed alternative to the congested Mahim causeway.

Residents feel that the new bridge would turn out to be an architectural wonder.

“This bridge reminds me of the Howrah bridge in Kolkata. More or less, it is designed the same way. It will be one of the fantastic works done in Mumbai,” said Alexander Philip, another resident.

The Bandra-Worli sea link would be equipped with state-of-the-art systems for traffic monitoring, emergency support and an automated toll system.

Car dealer nabs hit-and-run driver

Add comment May 21st, 2007

Navi Mumbai: On a lazy Sunday afternoon, Mulund-based car dealer Haresh Bhai Gagwani (42) decided to check out some new cars on sale in Belapur CBD (central business district). The trip to Navi Mumbai helped him nab a fleeing motorist involved in a hit-and-run accident along Palm Beach Road.

“At around 3.45 pm, my uncle and I had reached the Seawoods end of Palm Beach Road, where I was stunned to see a driver in a silver Tata Indigo (MH 06 W 7686) hit a woman and her child while they were crossing the road. The driver did stop a little distance ahead to look back at the damage done, and then fled at a speed of nearly 100 km per hour,’’ recalled Gagwani.

He instinctively started chasing the driver, and even shouted at him to stop, but the accused (later identified as 38-year-old Santoshkumar Balkumar) kept dodging Gagwani to escape on the Palm Beach Road. He even took a sharp U-turn at Belapur to turn back towards Nerul side, but Gagwani managed to block him at the roadside after a 2 km chase.

The victims—27-year-old Josabin Makan Mopan and her seven-month son Sunil Makan Mopan—have been seriously injured in the accident. Josabin is a labourer working at Palm Beach Road.

As soon as Gagwani corned the fleeing driver, he immediately pulled him out and caught him in a bear-like hug so that he did not run away. At the same time, another motorist Amrit Pal Singh, who runs a local crime magazine ‘Gunheshod’ noticed the struggle between Gagwani and the accused driver and immediately called the police wireless van to the spot.

“He (Balkumar) kept threatening me as I held him tight, but I coolly told him not to show his ‘dadagiri’ and actually show some ‘insaniyat’ (humanity), as he had grievously hurt the woman and her child who were still lying on the road,’’ said Gagwani.

Meanwhile, Amrit Pal Singh stopped a motorcyclist to help take the bleeding child to hospital; the woman was still lying motionless, and later taken to a local hospital. Many people had gathered on Palm Beach Road to watch, but none came forward to help Gagwani and Singh.

The accused driver also seemed to be drunk. “If Haresh Bhai had not managed to chase and nab this drunk driver, he probably would have escaped from facing any police action,’’ said Amrit Pal Singh.

Meanwhile, the zonal deputy commissioner of police, Amar Jadhav, said that the accused Balkumar, who is a Nerul-based construction contractor has been arrested for rash and negligent driving under section 279 of the IPC. “We have also sent the accused for a medical test to see if he was drunk,’’ said Jadhav.

Source: TOI(Mumbai epaper)

5 killed in road mishap at Alibaug

Add comment May 9th, 2007

Navi Mumbai: Five people, including four women, were killed and seven injured when the vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a private bus at Alibaug on the Mumbai-Goa highway on Tuesday morning.

According to the Raigad police, the victims, all residents of Bhandup, were returning to Mumbai from Ratnagiri in a Tata Qualis. When the vehicle reached Veer village (Raigad district) at around 5.45 am, it collided with a Volvo bus coming from the opposite direction and turned turtle, trapping the passengers inside.

Four of the dead are believed to be from the same family. The injured are being treated at KEM hospital.

Source: TOI(Mumbai epaper)

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