Udupi: September 11, 2015: To facilitate the smooth movement of traffic, the district police have identified four black spots in Udupi city, where they are taking steps to prevent future accidents.
While there are four black spots in the city, there are 19 black spots in other parts of Udupi district. A black spot is a place where there have been eight accidents or four accident deaths over a period of three years. The four black spots identified in the city are near Vishnumurthy Nagar, Nittur State Home, Shiribeedu Junction and Ashirwad Junction.
Most of the accidents were taking place because of poor design of roads and poor visibility especially in the evening.
After 7 p.m., the car drivers had to struggle to see because of poor lighting. In two other places, there were bars nearby. This had led to some drunk persons crossing road without care leading to accidents. In some places, the road deviations on the National Highway 66 were unclear.
Annamalai K., Superintendent of Police, told sources on Thursday that at a Road Safety Committee meeting held recently, the President of Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) P. Yuvaraj had assured that the CMC help the police in curbing accidents, while the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zilla Panchayat M. Kangavalli would ask the gram panchayats to take steps to prevent accidents.
The private company undertaking the widening works of National Highway 66 had assured that it would put boards and reflectors on the highway to prevent accidents, he said.
As part of this plan, the district police would also be installing 20 high resolution CCTV cameras along the NH 66 and vital locations in the district. This would help not only facilitate smooth traffic flow and prevent accidents, but also in getting real-time feedback and crowd control.
“The work of identifying the traffic problems was given to the T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI). We are taking action on the basis of the report given by the Institute,” Mr. Annamalai said.
Already the district police have implemented about 50 per cent of recommendations. “The CMC has already installed high mast lamps at the City Bus Stand. We have asked them to install high mast lamps in other places especially Vishnumurthy Nagar as there is migrant workers colony nearby. The two bars will also be shifted,” he said.