Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has come out with new comprehensive guidelines to rectify accident blackspots and save lives of road users. Tamil Nadu has the second-highest number of identified black spots (102) in the country after Uttar Pradesh, which has 104 such spots.
According to the guidelines, NHAI regional officers, State Highways authorities, local authorities and the police have to inspect each black spot on National Highways under their jurisdiction and analyse the reason for accidents. Following this, a certificate should be issued by the regional officer if it is concluded that the accidents are not due to engineering deficiencies.
The regional office should take corrective measures — short term and long term — depending on the requirement after the inspection. Short-term measures such as pedestrian facilities like zebra crossings, crash barriers, solar light, junction improvement, fixing rumble strip and road signs should be completed within three months.
In case of long term measures such as the construction of flyover, underpass, foot overbridge, service lane and widening of bridges should be completed within two years. “High priority has been accorded to rectification of black spots on highways. The Highways Department has undertaken various measures to improve the road geometry and during the period of 2014-15 to 2018-19, Rs 1,152 crore has been allocated for these works,” a senior State Highways department official said, adding that, of the identified black spots on National Highways, 20 have been rectified.