Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to find out accident prone areas or roads and provide better quality roads. It has completed a safety audit of 200 kilometres (km) of roads and now wants to take up the audit of another 800 km of roads.
Yogesh Mulik, PMC Standing Committee Chairman, said, “We have given approval to conduct a safety audit of 800 km of roads across the city. The Central government is ready to give financial support to conduct the audit. It will help minimise accident spots in the city.”
Aniruddha Pawaskar, Chief Superintendent of PMC’s Road Department, said, “The purpose of a safety audit is to make better and safe roads. In 2016, PMC took a decision to conduct a safety audit of 1,000 km of roads. In 2017, we completed 200 km. Now, We have taken up another 800 km of roads. A consultant will conduct an audit of 200 km of roads every year and hand over findings to the PMC so that necessary changes in road designs can be made.”
He further said, “Right now, we are making changes on those roads mentioned in the safety audit.” In peak hours, the city faces huge traffic congestion, especially in the old city areas. The study includes details like width of roads, quality of road, obstacles, accidents reason, recommendations to minimise them, carrying capacity of roads, existing traffic load, reason for congestion, etc.
In the city, there are almost 2,200 kilometres of roads, of which 59 per cent are local streets, 26 per cent are sub-arterial roads and remaining are main roads. Out of that, there are 1,668.55 kilometre long roads (9 to 60 metre in width). Out of that, there are 901 kilometre of roads of road width 12 to 60 metre. The PMC’s Main Road Department takes care of roads with width of 12 to 60 metres.
As per the city Environmental Status Report (ESR-2015-16) and the State RTO statistics, there were 31.07 lakh four-wheelers registered between March 2015 and March 2016 in Pune. Share of two-wheelers is almost 75 per cent.