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Three-member panel to inspect safety of Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway on July 20

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Mysuru: The National Highway Authority of India has set up a three-member panel of road safety experts to inspect Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway that is witnessing increasing fatal accidents.

Emphasising that road safety on national highways is its utmost priority, the NHAI has set up the panel that includes Sudershan Kumar Popli, adviser (road safety); Praveen Kumar, deputy general manager (road safety) and Jaivardhan Singh, project implementation unit who will inspect the Expressway on July 20.

The Expressway inaugurated in March by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been instrumental in the prosperity of the economy in the region. The Expressway has reduced the travel time between two major cities of the State to just 75 minutes.

It is the first access-controlled Expressway – built at a cost of 8,408 cr – in South India but the 119-km stretch of Expressway has become a headache for the Highway authorities. While overspeeding could be the reason behind the accidents, lack of safety measures to check the accidents too have contributed to the deaths, observe people here.

For the past several weeks, several red flags have been raised about the safety of the Expressway following series of accidents on the stretch.

Couple of weeks ago, Home Minister Dr G Parameshwar had inspected the highway and had observed lack of signages on the stretch, which he felt, could be adding to the rising number of accidents on the stretch.

To ensure safety of road users on the Expressway, the Ramanagar police introduced radar vehicles – on Monday – to check vehicles exceeding speed limit of 100 kmph on the Expressway.

-Team Mysoorunews


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