Cops for straightening dangerous road bend

Cops for straightening dangerous road bend

87 mishaps including 17 fatal, occurred on the stretch in 12 years

DANGER: A caution board declaring the stretch as accident zone, put up ahead of the curve on Hunsur Road in Mysore. dH PHOTO by anurag basavaraj

A proposal is being readied exhorting University of Mysore to allot a part of land belonging to Kukkarahalli Lake located adjacent to the road, for the purpose.

Another requisition will be forwarded to PWD authorities for taking up the job, soon after the land is allotted.

This follows a discussion at a meeting on traffic, presided over by Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta a few months ago. It was suggested at the meeting to straighten the road as a permanent measure to check the rate of accidents, also agreeable to the deputy commissioner, DCP (Crime and traffic) P Rajendra Prasad told Deccan Herald.

The severity of the problem became more visible when 10 mishaps were reported between Kalamandira and Valmiki junctions passing through the curve in 2010.

Among them, one was a fatal case reported on November 28. A medico was killed when the car she was travelling in  rammed against the median, and hit the street lamp before coming to a halt.

Three others who were travelling along with her, suffered injuries.  Two months later, on January 17, 2011 a two-wheeler rider was killed in a similar accident.

Several people have been rendered injured. Recently, two cops were hurt, when their two-wheeler crashed against the median. While one escaped with minor injuries,. another is still in coma.

According to the statistics available with police, from 2000 to 2011 (till March 15), 87 accidents are reported on the stretch. Among them 17 are fatal cases, involving deaths. Highest of 13 was recorded in 2009, with one fatal case.

Earlier to that, 12 (two fatal) was registered in 2001, 10 in 2000 (two fatal) and 2010 (one fatal). In the current year (till March 15) eight mishaps have occurred including loss of life in one case.

The curve alone has claimed three lives in 16 cases from 2007 to 2011. Incidentally, majority of them are self accidents, ending up either ramming into the guest house compound or hitting the median or any other way.