A complete of 39 individuals have misplaced their lives and 143 have been injured in accidents on the Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi Expressway since its launch in December 2022 until the tip of April this 12 months, a senior police official has mentioned.
Addressing the media on Friday, the State Freeway Police official mentioned “street hypnotism” was one of many causes of those accidents.
Highway hypnosis, additionally referred to as white line fever, is an altered psychological state confronted by drivers attributable to “automaticity” or the method of doing issues mechanically with out actively eager about the steps concerned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on December 11, 2022 inaugurated the primary section of the expressway between Nagpur and Shirdi that covers a distance of 520 km. The size of the whole undertaking, formally named as ‘Hindu Hrudaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg’, is 701 km. The undertaking is geared toward decreasing the journey time from Nagpur to Mumbai to seven hours.
“There have been 358 accidents on the Samruddhi Hall between December 12, 2022 and April 30, 2023. These embrace 24 accidents through which 39 individuals have been killed, whereas 143 have been injured in 54 accidents. The State Freeway Police is within the strategy of tackling the difficulty,” he mentioned.
“Throughout Maharashtra, there have been 15,224 deaths in street crashes in 2022. Of those deaths, 57 per cent have been of two-wheeler and three-wheeler riders. Pedestrian deaths accounted for 21 per cent. Some 43 per cent accidents passed off on Different District Roads (ODR) throughout the state,” the official added.