JAIPUR: The state transport department has developed three national highways as accident-free roads. These include Shahjahanpur to Ajmer, Sikar to Bikaner and Barr-Bilara to Jodhpur.
On these stretches, road engineering was tweaked, underpasses made instead of cuts, traffic posts set up every 50km, officials said. Safety audits were also conducted on these stretches to identify the issues after which interventions were done.
“As a pilot project, work has been done on three stretches — NH 48-NH 448, NH 11-NH 52 and NH 25 to make them accident-free. These have been developed as model roads after identifying road engineering issues. Discussions with local communities were also held to explain them on keeping animals away from the roads, which are a major cause of accidents,” said Kanhaiya Lal Swami, commissioner transport department.
Officials also said during community engagement, locals were also informed about putting reflectors on horns of animals or in carts, which can help reduce accidents at night.
At present, Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) is also being installed for these stretches which will be monitored from Abhay Command Control Centre, said officials. The ITMS will have CCTVs, automatic number plate recognition cameras, speed detectors, among other safety features.
“The ITMS systems will be deployed in all the three stretches and the software for the same is ready. These will help to track speeding. The cameras automatically detect traffic violations and generate challans. These challans are sent to the violators online and the payment process will also be online for them.
In case there is a wrong detection, then the person can also file for a redressal in an online court,” said a senior official from the transport department. Officials also said the department has proposed installing ITMS at five locations in Jaipur to manage traffic.