Shinde said, “A panel of experts will be formed to look into the issue of accidents on Samruddhi Mahamarg. We will take measures to implement their (panel’s) suggestions on a priority. In fact whatever needs to be done to make travel safer will be done at the government level.”
The CM stated that the main reasons for accidents seemed to be over speeding and drowsy drivers. “There is already a system in place to ensure that all buses comply with safety measures before entering the expressway. Vehicles are inspected and even counselling of drivers is done (to follow rules),” said Shinde.
He said sometimes vehicles are turned back if either the driver or the vehicle is deemed unfit for the journey. “This leads to displeasure among passengers but for their safety, rules have to be followed strictly,” said Shinde.
The state will crackdown on private bus operators who flout rules, said Shinde. “Strict action will be taken against those who carry excess passengers or load,” Shinde said.
The CM said the emergency response was satisfactory as rescue teams reached the highway accident spot soon after the call. After visiting the accident site, Shinde and Fadnavis headed to the Deulgaon Raja Rural Hospital where eight of the survivors are undergoing treatment.
Fadnavis ruled out “road construction” as the reason for the fatal accident. Regarding bodies which have been charred in the accident, Fadnavis said, “If needed, DNA testing will be done so that bodies can be handed over to the families.”