Citizens' Issues
Stop crashes on Mumbai-Pune Expressway, demands Sindhutai Sapkal
Renowned social worker Sindhutai Sapkal on Thursday served an eight-day ultimatum to the Maharashtra government to make travel on the accident-prone Mumbai-Pune Expressway safer, failing which she would launch an agitation.
 
"How many more lives must be lost? This killer expressway has already claimed thousands of lives, including celebrities, but the authorities are simply not concerned," an agitated Sapkal told media persons.
 
The 69-year-old social worker's anger stemmed from witnessing what could have been a major road accident near Ursi, Talegaon section, on the expressway late Wednesday night.
 
Though the disaster was barely averted, a shaken Sapkal who was travelling from Mumbai to Pune, stepped out of her vehicle and gave a dressing down to the IRB agency staffers manning the toll tax booths there.
 
"The government is collecting toll from us, yet there is no guarantee of safety of the passengers on the expressway... How many more people should be killed before you do something?" an irate Sapkal demanded.
 
She announced that if the government failed to take remedial action in the matter "within eight days", she would lead an agitation with thousands of people on the expressway.
 
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Ganesh Iyer

2 months ago

Issues of accidents are several and these can be averted if the driver expresses discipline, patience and obey law and observe traffic rules. I travelled over india. Tge roads in southern states are so excellent the travelling would make one never tiresome. The worst problems in Mahatashtra is the behaviour of Marathi people. Everywhere in Maharashtra young n old all are alike in driving extremely rashly. Overtaking for no reason like while in queue in toll naka some arrogant driver would put his vehicle deliberately between two vehicles break tge queue and move forward. A behaviourial attitude with maharashtrians is rude, aggressive, abusive and dangerous driving. No can help except pray God as even if some is safe and slow an arrogant driver can hit from back. Yesterday a court Order against a negligent driver who hit an autorickshaw and crippled and made a young girl paralytic died after five years. The court order read the car which seem to some other model as different name. Besides a senior lawyer throws in his comment that sec 304A cannot be charged now as reason of death cannot be proved. A millionaire Shah Rukh Khan perhaps failed to help medical treatment for the girl who worked for him. A shameless nation where a person killing someone by car is not a murder but Culpable homicide not amounting to murder. If law is made stringent like other countries and rash drivers are punished with cancellation of driving licence accidents would reduce. Inspute of collecting Toll for decades roads in maharashtra are worst. All black listed contractors are on mumbai corporation's panel. And it is learnt a budget of 3000 crores was passed in mumbai for roads and State govt. Passed 20000 crores for various projects. As long as there is selfish ends of govt. corruption will remain and bad roads and accidents also be there. Mumbai corporation deliberately changed good paver blocks from footpaths for crores. Not a single citizen worth a pinch of salt expressed his aire over vulgar expenses. Goa and Southern states citizens are most co operative and discipline.

R Choksi

2 months ago

Major cause of accidents on our highways is the trucks.
- almost all the trucks plying on highways are sans tail lights. This poses a great danger in the night.
- trucks are supposed to keep to the last lane, but invariably they occupy all the lanes including the first (fast) lane meant for cars and they do not move to the slower lanes even when requested by cars behind. This is the biggest cause of accidents as the cars are then forced to overtake them from left.
- most of the trucks are overloaded which poses a danger, specially in which there are iron rods jutting out
- almost all the trucks are ill maintained and hence pose serious threats on the highways

The onus of catching them and penalising is on the highway patrol/police but their vehicles simply pass by and overlook these things. Such trucks should also be checked by highway police at the toll nakas specially for lights not working, overloaded, material jutting out, etc.


Bapoo Malcolm

2 months ago

There should be multiple actions. Accidents are due to various factors occurring at the same time. Even one element can prevent, while missing, or allow occurrence, when present. Drivers, vehicles, road conditions, atmospheric conditions, cleanliness (oil spills, gravel, boulders), CELL PHONES, overloaded cars and private taxis, Sunday drivers, et al. There has to be a massive programme, starting with road safety education. I lost adear friend, a national champion cyclist, a few years back. He was stalled behind a traffic jam and a bus crashed into his car from the rear. On a dry, clear day. Another family lost many when the tyre blew out. No time to lose.

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Ganesh Iyer

In Reply to Bapoo Malcolm 2 months ago

Sir first see how citizens in Maharashtra are used to rash driving endangering lives of pedestrians and other vehicles. Police are just after making money collection. Why an death caused by rash driving is still not equivalent to murder? Why a person who can cripple lives of innocents in just seconds is let out on bail same day ? It proves except VIPs lives of common man is not valuable. They can die on roads.

Anand Vaidya

In Reply to Bapoo Malcolm 2 months ago

There may be many causes for an accident. But 80% probably contributed due to 1) Drunk/Rash driving 2) Overspeeding 3) Distraction due to Mobile phone.
The gov should confiscate the vehicle of such people and auction it off. Also cancel the driving license. Otherwise our fellow drivers will never improve

Ganesh Iyer

In Reply to Anand Vaidya 2 months ago

People in maharashtra drive most dangerously its becoz police failed to take any steps. Traffic police are not well trained on laws. Cars in maharashtra have number plates in designs which are at times not readable. Cars flout laws with dark glasses. Throwing wastes items, water bottles, opening door n spitting gutka and paan are also reasons for accidents. At times every citizen in india would be safe if the govt gives administrayion to some outsourced Japanese companies. There would be no black listed contractors, no black money of patriotic politicians, Roads may b clean well maintained. Indians have failed in discipline inspite of all knowledge as long as we dont change attitude nothing will improve.

prasad patwardhan

2 months ago

It is true that no measures seem to have been taken for more safety,yet
agitation ON expressway will add to problems of the same users who are
facing safety issues.

Panneerselvam seeks ordinance on Jallikattu, PM says matter is subjudice
Amid massive protests in support of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and urged him to promulgate an ordinance enabling the holding of the popular bull-taming sport. Modi while assuring support, pointed out that the matter is sub-judice.
 
Panneerselvam was in the national capital to meet the Prime Minister.
 
"The ban imposed on Jallikattu by the Supreme Court came up for discussion. While appreciating the cultural significance of Jallikattu, the Prime Minister observed that the matter is presently sub-judice," the Prime Minister's Office said in a series of tweets.
 
"The Centre would be supportive of steps taken by the State Government," it added.
 
Panneerselvam said steps will be taken soon. 
 
"I have asked Prime Minister to promulgate an emergency ordinance allowing Jallikattu," he told reporters after meeting the Prime Minister. 
 
"The state government will take necessary action in coordination with the central government to hold Jallikattu. The state government's action in relation with Jallikattu would soon be seen.
 
"The Prime Minister said the central government will support the state government's action on Jallikattu as there is a case pending in the court," he added.
 
Panneerselvam also said that he and AIADMK chief Sasikala have written to the Prime Minister on the issue.
 
The Supreme Court in May 2014 banned Jallikattu, saying that bulls cannot be used as performing animals including in bullock-cart races.
 
Since then, people have been urging the central government to take steps to allow the sport.
 
The common complaint among the protest leaders was that the Supreme Court had insulted the Tamil culture by disallowing the traditional sport observed during the harvest festival of Pongal.
 
In Tamil Nadu, the protests began on Tuesday morning following the arrest of protesters in Madurai district's Alanganallur town, well known for conducting the sport.
 
In Jallikattu, a bull vaulter is expected to hang on to the animal's hump for a stipulated distance or for a minimum of three jumps by the bull.
 
Huge protests continued in Chennai's Marina beach.
 
The Prime Minister also assured the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister that all possible assistance would be provided to the state to address the drought situation.
 
Panneerselvam said the state government has asked Rs39,565 crore as drought relief.
 
"A central team would be deputed to Tamil Nadu shortly," Modi told the Chief Minister.
 
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Arun Bewoor

2 months ago

The Tamilnadu Government must respect the decision of the Supreme Court. Morover the sport leads to cruelty to the animal.

Tribunal orders attachment of Mallya's property for debt recovery
The Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) on Thursday ordered attachment and recovery of industrialist Vijay Mallya's properties for defaulting on bank loans by his defunct Kingfisher Airlines Ltd.
 
The Bengaluru bench of the Tribunal said properties of Mallya and Kingfisher worth Rs.6,203 crore plus interest at 11.5% from July 26, 2013 can be recovered by a consortium of banks led by State Bank of India (SBI).
 
"The Tribunal has allowed our petitions against Mallya's Kingfisher and issued an order to attach their properties for recovering the amount (Rs.6, 203 crore) with interest," counsel for the consortium told reporters.
 
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Vijay Dadoo

2 months ago

All have to contribute to the Government efforts to speed up work for the welfare of the people. Merely making laws will not help, the persons responsible should also be accountable.
Make power available to the users who can use powerin night, at concessional rate. If Government considers possible, and also as they are offering free electricity to farmers, offer free power for farms irrigation at night when the power goes waste. This might help Government tackle the farmer's suicide to some extent.

Vijay Dadoo

2 months ago

All have to contribute to the Government efforts to speed up work for the welfare of the people. Merely making laws will not help, the persons responsible should also be accountable.
Make power available to the users who can use powerin night, at concessional rate. If Government considers possible, and also as they are offering free electricity to farmers, offer free power for farms irrigation at night when the power goes waste. This might help Government tackle the farmer's suicide to some extent.

Vijay Dadoo

2 months ago

All have to contribute to the Government efforts to speed up work for the welfare of the people. Merely making laws will not help, the persons responsible should also be accountable.
Make power available to the users who can use powerin night, at concessional rate. If Government considers possible, and also as they are offering free electricity to farmers, offer free power for farms irrigation at night when the power goes waste. This might help Government tackle the farmer's suicide to some extent.

Vijay Dadoo

2 months ago

All have to contribute to the Government efforts to speed up work for the welfare of the people. Merely making laws will not help, the persons responsible should also be accountable.
Make power available to the users who can use powerin night, at concessional rate. If Government considers possible, and also as they are offering free electricity to farmers, offer free power for farms irrigation at night when the power goes waste. This might help Government tackle the farmer's suicide to some extent.

Vijay Dadoo

2 months ago

All have to contribute to the Government efforts to speed up work for the welfare of the people. Merely making laws will not help, the persons responsible should also be accountable.
Make power available to the users who can use powerin night, at concessional rate. If Government considers possible, and also as they are offering free electricity to farmers, offer free power for farms irrigation at night when the power goes waste. This might help Government tackle the farmer's suicide to some extent.

Piyush Gupta

2 months ago

Great move and very good decision. The next logical step should be to bring him back to India and make him face trial in India.

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