PUNE: It is important to focus on maintenance of roads to reduce accidents. Various departments linked with roads often focus on construction of new roads. The maintenance aspect gets ignored leading to poor condition of roads, which is a major reason for accidents, said District Collector Naval Kishore Ram at the inauguration of 31st Road Safety Week.
On Monday, during inauguration of the 31st Road Safety Week, Pune Regional Transport Officer Ajit Shinde, Additional Police Commissioner Sanjay Shinde, Superintendent of Police (Pune Rural) Sandip Patil, MSRTC Divisional Controller Yamini Joshi, Superintendent of Police (Pune Highways) Milind Mohite and District Health Officer Dr Bhagwan Pawar were present.
As part of the Road Safety Week, an important exercise to identify black spots, where frequent accidents happen, will be undertaken. This will be done by highway authorities, State Transport Department as well as civic bodies. Maintenance of roads is an important aspect of road safety. The officers concerned with the road construction and maintenance should bear in mind that besides constructing roads, it is important that proper attention is given to their maintenance, said Naval Kishore Ram.
RTO Shinde said vehicular traffic on Pune roads has increased alarmingly. In Pune, the vehicle population is more than the human population. This has created a serious traffic situation, he said.
As part of the week-long exercise, awareness campaigns will be conducted across the district. The State Home Department has instructed all road construction companies and civic bodies across the State to identify accident-prone black spots on roads built by them and take immediate as well as long-term corrective measures.