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Highway To Death

Highway To Death

Pedestrians fall prey to speeding motorists

Highway To Death Srikanth Kolari

Niranjan Kumar, a traffic sub-inspector on one of the dangerous bends on NH7, en route the new Bangalore International Airport, books some 50 to 70 overspeeding motorists every day. Four of his colleagues, at different jurisdictional points, nab around the same number between Hebbal and the new airport. Given the reputation of policemen, this may cynically be interpreted as another ploy for harassment, but on the contrary, the close monitoring has helped bring down the death statistics on this killer highway.

Ever since the new airport was commissioned eight months ago, speeding vehicles have killed nearly 38 people and injured over a hundred—an average of five deaths a month, mostly pedestrians who try to cross this six-lane stretch. There are eight dangerous crossings on this 35 km stretch and exactly half-a-dozen accident-prone bends.

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