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World Bank reviews road safety on JVLR
Mumbai | Tuesday, Jan 29 2008 IST
 
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Faced with flak from World Bank over unsafe traffic conditions on the ongoing Jogeshwari-Vikroli Link Road (JVLR), Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) conducted a Road Safety Audit and will implement the recommendations of the report.

JVLR is a critical component of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) and is a vital road link of 11 km that connects the western and eastern suburbs of the city. The total cost of the project is Rs 146 crore.

The World Bank expressed displeasure over handling of the project and felt that it was not up to the World Bank standards, said Mr Hubert Nove-Josserrand, Senior Urban Transport Specialist with the World Bank, while interacting with reporters at the MMRDA office, here today.

As per the Road Safety Audit conducted by the Institute of Road Transport and Education (IRTE), the number of accidents went up after construction of the road was taken up since 2003. If the total number of accidents in 2002 was 20 killing two, in 2003 there were 47 accidents and seven persons had died. Likewise in 2006, there were 45 accidents in which ten had died. Till July 2007, there were 15 accidents out of which one person had died.

MMRDA joint Metropolitan Commissioner and MUTP project director Milind Mhaiskar, who was also present at the media interaction, attributed the growing accident rate to widening of a narrow road resulting in increase in flow of traffic and speed.

Once the recommendations of IRTE are implemented, the number of accidents on JVLR will come down, he assured. Mr Nove-Josserrand said authorities of Traffic police, MSRDC, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai will meet on regular basis to discuss the recommendations and formulate an action plan to find solutions. The World Bank will regularly monitor the procedure.

He said the first meeting took place today and the action plan discussed will be implemented in a time bound manner.

He said about eight Footover Bridges (FoB) will be constructed at a cost of Rs 8 to 9 crores.

Mr Mhaiskar said complete ban on illegal parking is not possible and an option can be restricting timings of parking is being considered on the JVLR. MSRDC has been instructed to complete the work of Road signals, road markings for pedestrian crossing. Traffic police will declare the speed limits and no parking areas.

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