Missing barriers: PWD identifies over 1,400 potential blackspots in Himachal Pradesh : The Tribune India
Bhanu P Lohumi
Shimla, September 29
Short-term and long-term measures have been taken and about 80% of the 147 black spots (resulting in frequent accidents and fatalities) listed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways have already been corrected. The Public Works Department has identified 1,445 potential black spots in Himachal.
As many as 66 out of 73 black spots reported by the ministry have been addressed while 754 out of 1445 potential black spots identified internally by Public Works Department teams have been attended to, Chief Engineer, PWD, said. Ajay Gupta.
Short term action has been taken on the 68 points marked by the ministry on the roads maintained by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and permanent rectification has been undertaken on 32 points while works are underway on the sections remaining, said the NHAI regional manager. , Abdul Basit.
Correction of black spots with technical interventions/improvements, including installation of guardrails, widening of narrow sections, removal of debris, posting of traffic signs and installation of a speed bump , would be undertaken on the fast lane to make driving safer on the winding and hilly roads in Himachal. One fatality spot and 480 vulnerable spots reported by police, Himachal Roads Transport Corporation (HRTC) and other departments would be rectified by the end of the year, PWD sources said.
Kullu district with 30 black spots tops the list of 143 black spots in the state, witnessing the recurrence of fatal accidents. These points were identified by the police on the basis of repetitive and rolling accidents that occurred in the 12 districts. No less than 21 blackspots have been identified in Shimla district, followed by Bilaspur and Mandi (12 each), Chamba, Kangra, Kinnaur, Sirmaur and Una (10 each), Hamirpur (9), Solan (5) and Lahaul and Spiti (4).
Out of a total of 38,035 km of roads in the state, 28,908 km of roads are bonded while 9,127 km of road length are unbonded. The annual growth in road length is about 10% and installing guardrails on roads remains a major challenge, given the harsh topography of the state.
The hilly state with an altitude between 2000 feet and 16000 feet, about 9269 km of roads are in straight and flat area, 2795 km are curved, 966 km are curved and inclined, 370 km inclined, 152 km decline, 82 km in length bridges and six-kilometer flyover and tunnels.
As many as 5,503 people (more than three people per day) have been killed and 22,583 injured in 13,740 crashes in the state over the past five years, from 2017 to 2022. As many as 3,020 rollover crashes have left 2,633 dead while 6,792 people were injured.
- 147 hard blackheads were pointed by the MORTH
- 1445 potential black spots were identified by PWD
- 480 vulnerable points have been identified by the police, HRTC and other departments, of which 143 vulnerable (accident-prone sections) identified by the police have witnessed the recurrence of fatal accidents