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Court to be moved over Yamu Expressway deaths

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Agra, March 7: Following the death of a doctor and injuries to his daughter and her cousin after a car in the convoy of Union HRD minister Smriti Irani rammed into his motorcycle, people living along the expressway between Delhi and Agra are again moving the court to intervene. Irani’s car too was damaged in the pile up. The doctor’s family members have alleged that Irani did not help the accident victims, contradicting the minister. “In the past two years, hundreds have lost their lives in fatal accidents on the Yamu Expressway between Agra and Greater Noida. This is a major cause of worry. The concerned government departments have not shown a will to address the problem and ensure road safety,” said social activist Shrava Kumar Singh. The Yamu Expressway has been rechristened “Death Highway” by the locals due to the alarmingly high number of road mishap fatalities. The Agra Development Foundation, a trust, had filed a public interest petition in the Allahabad High Court to force the authorities to implement a series of recommendations by experts. “Since its iuguration, there have been 2,194 accidents recorded on the expressway in around 1,000 days,” the foundation said. The court had also asked the foundation to give its suggestions to the high-level state committee on expressway safety for implementation. But so far no action has been initiated by the government. “We now have no option but to go back to the high court seeking clear directive to save lives and property,” K.C. Jain, president of the foundation, said. According to information given by the Yamu Expressway Authority through an RTI query, there were 319 deaths till July 15, 2015 on the expressway. The road was opened in August 2012. Jain said “a road that should have been a source of comfort and convenience is throwing up a real frightening picture. (IANS)

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