Noida: Yamuna Authority (YEIDA) CEO Arun Vir Singh along with other officials visited Yamuna highway on Friday to check the road safety arrangements that have been made by the concessionaire on the entire section.
IIT Delhi had conducted a safety audit of the section about three years ago and recommended 13 points to ensure safety along the 165 km long Yamuna highway. Officials said most of the safety work has been done, except for work to install guardrails on both sides of the highway.
Singh along with other Yamuna Authority and Jaypee Infratech Ltd officials inspected the work. “The management of the highway concessionaire, Jaypee Infratech, has shown the work done in this regard. We found that the safety-related works are nearly complete except for the guardrail installation works on both sides of the Yamuna Expressway median. This work is also in full swing and the rails have been installed over 290 km, out of a total of 330 km on both sides. The work is expected to be completed by June 2022,” he said.
The CEO said safety measures have led to a decrease in the number of accidents over the years. The 165 km long highway was opened for commercial operations in August 2012.
The Yamuna authority also asked Jaypee Infratech to increase the number of laser guns and cameras and share a report of average vehicle speed between toll booths with the traffic department to ensure drivers’ challans. In error. Data and details of overweight vehicles will also be shared with the transport department and traffic police.
From January to April 2022, 33 people died and 154 people were injured in 93 accidents on the Yamuna highway. Last year, 135 people died and 949 people were injured in 420 accidents. In 2020, 509 accidents were reported in which 128 people succumbed to injuries while 1013 people were injured.
In August 2018, the Yamuna Authority had engaged IIT-Delhi to carry out a safety audit of the Yamuna Expressway which crosses six districts – Gautam Budh Nagar, Aligarh, Mahtura, Hathras, Agra and Bulandshahr. The audit report suggested additional signage before exit ramps, removal of the lane system, installation of rumble strips at entry and exit points, installation of guardrails at exit ramps, guardrails, etc.
On May 16, last week, UP CM Yogi Adityanath held a meeting with officials via video conference and asked them to take action to reduce accidents across the state. Following this, all the authorities, as well as the traffic police, focused on reducing accidents, eliminating parking lots and unauthorized vendors.