VENDS ON NATIONAL HIGHWAYS
roads constitute about 80 per cent of Indian Road Network of
3.3 million km. While National Highways account for 65,569 km
being 2 per cent, State Highways run into a length of 1,28,800
km sharing 4 per cent. Major District Roads constitute about
14 per cent of total Network with 4,70,000 km. The total road
network is calculated to be 31,33,769 km.
is an uphill task to maintain and manage roads and highways
with 85 per cent of passenger and 70 per cent of goods traffic.
Even being 2 per cent of net roadwork, national highways remain
burdened with 40 per cent of traffic and therefore regular upkeep
and monitoring is required.
Independence (1947), the total length of National Highways was
just 21,440 km, which has since increased around three times
during the last 57 years. The total length of 65,569 km of National
Highways comprises of 6,514 km (10%) with 4-lane carriage, 36,106
km (55%) with 2-lane carriage and 22,949 km (35%) with single
lane/intermediate lane carriage.
the Corridor Management, National Highways Authority of India
is thriving hard to ensure smooth flow of traffic, optimize
the operation cause and enhance the road safety. Engineering
improvement and incident management are the two important elements
to take care of route patrolling, tow-away cranes, ambulance
service, information boards and control stations.
NHAI is now engaged in Road Safety Audit of a stretch of 2,757
km on the following sections: . Delhi-Jaipur-Kishangarh-Udaipur-Ratanpur
(798Km) . Ratanpur-Ahmedabad-Surat-Kajali-Deesa (825Km). Kajali-Manor-Sarole-Satara-Belgaum-Hubli-Haveri
(547Km). Haveri-Harihar-Sira-Neelman gla - Krishnagiri - Ranipet
-Poonam - alee (587Km).
needs to be complemented for devising the most scientific method
to implement recommendations of Road Safety Audit at site. This
exercise will certainly produce rich dividends to promote Road
Safety on Highways. When it comes to making endeavors to take
further initiative, NHAI has plans to associate all concerned
including NGOs to develop effective monitoring and evaluation
tools in this regard.
In the Meeting held on April 17, 2006, your President representing
the interest of Federation of Indian Automobile Associations
and its National and International Members, brought to the notice
of the Advisory Group of NHAI the 'Drink - Drive' culture being
promoted by liquor vends on Highways. It is a growing nightmare
generating high degree of risk both to traffic and road infrastructure.
Liquor related toll on Highways is inclining every passing month.
Against the directions of the Apex Court and provisions under
the excise policy the vends are flourishing just 10 to 25 meters
from highways against the minimum permitted distance of 75 meters
from the road.
is indeed surprising that in complete disregard to the apprehensive
risks, these vends are permitted to use an open area to allow
the drivers and passengers to consume liquor on National Highway
No.1 at Buttana, consumption of liquor is almost free for all
irrespective of the age group. Dhabas are often used as free
booze and meals zones. Drivers and many of the passengers traveling
long distance on state owned buses frequently indulge in drinking.
It is even said that the buses are made to halt purposely at
these soft points to force passengers to take food etc. etc.!!!
Surbhi Dhaba Complex is the place in point.
prominently on liquor vends on National Highway No. 1 in Ambala,
Kurukshetra and Karnal District are the catchy messages inducing
drivers and the passengers for a deadly cocktail:-
TE JEO DARU DI BAND BOTLE TENU PEEN GE NASEEBA WALE''
are many liquor shops on Chandigarh Shimla Highway and the one
on the road leading to Mohali. Such like trouble spots need
immediate attention by the Authorities. As we are aware, road
traffic accidents account for 33.2 percent of total accidental
deaths. It is the need of the day to evolve ways and means with
social awareness to ensure that National Highways are free of
road accidents. Highways cannot be safe if earning revenue from
excise continues to be the priority with the Government.