According to study, the death toll on the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway fell 54%
The death toll on the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway has fallen 54% since 2018, according to published data
The data was released by the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway Vision Zero Project, a joint initiative of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the Maharashtra Highway Police, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, and the SaveLIFE Foundation.
In 2018, when the project was initiated, there were 268 fatalities in the Mumbai-Pune section of NH-48.
“As a result of the interventions conducted as part of this project, the death toll fell to 206 in 2019. However, in 2020 the real death toll is 79 according to police records, to report the impact of the project, a conservative figure of 123 was accounted for based on the deaths in the first and fourth quarters of the year when the challenges and limitations associated with Covid-19 were negligible. When extrapolating to 123 fatalities, past available trends from Qs 2 and 3 of other years were also taken into account, ”says a press release by the SaveLIFE Foundation.
The section of National Highway 48 between Pune and Mumbai is known as the Old Mumbai Pune Highway. Before the six-lane expressway opened in the early 2000s, the Old Highway was the only direct road link between two subways.
Commenting on the work of MSRDC, Dr. Chandrakant Pulkundwar, Joint Managing Director, MSRDC: “Last year we cited certain key initiatives on NH-48 that have helped us improve road safety, including removing the black mark on the section of road known as the Anda point. We now have special patrol vehicles to ensure strict enforcement to remove illegally parked vehicles. “
Bhushan Kumar Upadhyay, Additional Police Director General for Traffic, said: “The old Mumbai-Pune Highway has more diverse traffic with many unprotected road users. We have therefore provided additional staff to strengthen enforcement. ”
Gurpratap Boparai, MD, Skoda Auto Volkswagen Group in India, said, “Skoda Volkswagen has a longstanding reputation for building vehicles that are reliable, trustworthy and safe. To promote road safety, we have teamed up with the SaveLIFE Foundation on the “Vision Zero” project on the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway. We believe this model can serve as a template for future road safety programs across the country. ”
Piyush Tewari, Founder and CEO of the SaveLIFE Foundation, said: “The success of this project is testament to our partnership with Skoda Volkswagen Auto India, MSRDC and the Maharashtra Police Department. This partnership enabled us to successfully demonstrate the model’s success on National Highways. “