Deadly: 4,956 accidents, 718 deaths on Yamuna Expressway in 5 years

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Greater Noida: Police personnel inspect the site where a bus rammed into a truck from the rear on the Yamuna Expressway in Uttar Pradesh's Greater Noida on March 29, 2019. Eight persons were killed and over three dozen were left injured in the accident. (Photo: IANS)

Agra: A total of 4,956 accidents, 718 deaths and 7,671 serious injuries were recorded on the Yamuna Expressway between August 2012 to March 31, 2018, revealed an RTI reply.

The alarming number of fatal road accidents on the Yamuna Expressway has caused widespread concern, calling for effective intervention of the Central and State government agencies.

Information culled out by RTI activist and Supreme Court lawyer K.C. Jain revealed that 718 deaths due to fatal accidents were recorded on the Expressway, the number of seriously injured was equally alarming at over 7,671.

Speaking to media, Jain said: “We have written to government agencies to take effective steps to curb the menace of speed driving but our pleas have fallen on deaf years.

“An independent agency should monitor movement on the Expressway and should follow up information received from the Jaypee Infotech about speed violations. We have written to the UP Chief Minister about this.”

Since January, more than 130 accidents have taken place at the Expressway that claimed over 50 lives.

Mathura: A crane being used to clear a pile of vehicles after moving vehicles rammed into each other as smog cover reduced visibility on the Yamuna Expressway in Mathura on Nov 8, 2017. (Photo: IANS)

Drivers not only violate speed limits but drive without wearing helmets and seat belts, Jain said.

Between August 2012 to March 2018, 2.33 crore vehicles violated speed limits, data provided by automatic surveillance gadgets and number plate readers installed at various points showed, he claimed.

“But violaters are not booked and are allowed to go scot free.”

Data available from the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) revealed that 23.42 per cent accidents were caused due to over speeding while 12 per cent accidents due to tyre bursting.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Vedic Sutram, Pramod Gautam pointed out flaws in the Vaastu design of the Yamuna Expressway.

“Yamuna flows south of the Expressway which attracts negative energy. The original Agra-Delhi national highway which is north of Yamuna river is perfect and safe.”