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On track where Cyrus Mistry’s car crashed, 60 crash deaths this year

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20220925 122600

On track where Cyrus Mistry's car crashed, 60 crash deaths this year

Cyrus Mistry was killed in a traffic accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar district on September 4.


News of the death of former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry in a car accident in Maharashtra’s Palghar district shocked the country earlier this month.

Official data shows that it was not an isolated incident.

The 100km stretch of Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway between Ghodbunder in Thane and Dapchari in Palghar district has seen 262 accidents this year, claiming at least 62 lives and injuring 192, police officials said.

Speeding and error in judgment on the part of the driver have played a role in many of these incidents. But officials say poor road maintenance, a lack of proper signage and an absence of measures to curb speed are also among the factors responsible for the high number of accidents.

The stretch near Charoti, where the Mercedes car Cyrus Mistry was riding in crashed on September 4, has seen 26 fatalities in 25 serious accidents since the beginning of this year, a Maharashtra highway police official said.

The stretch near Chinchoti has reported 25 deaths in 34 serious accidents during the same period, while 11 people have died in 10 accidents near Manor, it said.

“Charoti is a black spot when it comes to accidents, as is the stretch of some 500 meters further to Mumbai,” he said.

The highway curves before the Surya River Bridge as one travels towards Mumbai and the three-lane roadway narrows into a two-lane one, he said.

“But there are no effective road signs or sound signals to slow down the speed to warn vehicle drivers before reaching the bridge,” the official said.

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It was here that the car driven by the gynecologist Anahita Pandole crashed at high speed against the dividing line of the road. Mistry and Ella’s friend Jehangir Pandole, who were in the back seat, were killed, while Anahita and Ella’s husband Darius, who were in the front row passenger seat, were seriously injured.

Safety-related guidelines from the Indian Road Congress appear to have been overlooked by those responsible for maintaining the highway, another official said.

While the highway is under the control of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the private agency that collects the toll has responsibility for maintenance, he added.

According to the guidelines, an ambulance should be kept on standby every 30 kilometers, and there should also be a tow truck and patrol vehicles, the official said.

In the aftermath of the 4th September tragedy, the Maharashtra Police have written to the Central Institute of Road Research to seek expert opinion on the safety measures that can be introduced and have also requested the Central Institute of Road Transport to carry out a road safety audit of the part of the road that lies within Maharashtra. PTI CC KRK GK GK

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