Traffic wardens deputed on E-way

Sushant Ranjan
Saturday, 29 July 2017

Pune: Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to deploy traffic wardens to ease traffic jams on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.

The ghat section of the Expressway towards Mumbai, and the section after the Kamshet tunnel towards Pune have been the most accident-prone areas. The MSRDC and the highway traffic police have implemented many projects to reduce accidents.

Pune: Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has decided to deploy traffic wardens to ease traffic jams on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway.

The ghat section of the Expressway towards Mumbai, and the section after the Kamshet tunnel towards Pune have been the most accident-prone areas. The MSRDC and the highway traffic police have implemented many projects to reduce accidents.

“The decision has come after several meetings with Additional Director General of Police (Traffic) RK Padmanabhan and MSRDC. We decided that the traffic wardens will be deputed to support the traffic police. The implementation started on July 10. A total of 120 traffic wardens will be deployed. There will be three shifts and 40 wardens will be deployed in each shift,” said Prashant Auti, Superintendent Engineer, MSRDC.

The deployment of these wardens will be mainly in the ghat section, but they are deployed on the full stretch. The wardens belong to the Maharashtra State Security Corporation (MSSC) and are employed on a contractual basis, Auti said.

The ‘Golden Hour’ initiative
The Maharashtra traffic police introduced the concept of ‘Golden Hours’, under which multi-axle vehicles and containers will be barred from plying for a few hours on specific days on the E-way. The initiative started in September 2016.

Due to increase in number of vehicles, the Expressway has been witnessing a rise in traffic jams as well as fatal accidents and this exercise is aimed at easing out the traffic.

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