Is the delay in six lane project leading to accidents?
Reply to an application filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has revealed that the contract for making a six-lane road stretch was given to a private company in 2010 and the same was to be completed by March 31, 2013. However, the entire project is delayed due to hurdles in acquisition of land and clearances from the forest department. The construction of new bridge adjacent to the two existing bridges is in progress even though the project is delayed for long.
Mahadev Kamble, a resident of Shirwal, who filed the RTI application, has claimed that between 2005 and 2008, there have been about 250 accidents on the road between Chandni Chowk and Karad. Incomplete four-lane road was constructed in 2004-05 with unfinished work and the six-laning project has been delayed. A new deadline has been fixed for December 31 which appears unlikely to be met. Such delay and incomplete work is reportedly leading to accidents and the lack of barricades along the bridge is apparently an important cause of the accidents.
Out of a total 56 structures that were planned to come up on the Pune-Satara stretch, 39 remain incomplete. The NHAI project manager has estimated that the six-laning project is likely to take a minimum of one year and a half for completion. Recently four young advertising professionals on a fun trip in i-20 car met with an accident and lost their lives. Perhaps timely completion of the project could have saved their lives; just as similar delay but also of those in other part of the country