KOLLAM: Ten people have died and over 50 injured in minor and major accidents on the Kollam bypass since its opening some six months back. Unscientific alignment of the road that was planned some four decades back and lack of proper safety measures, including signals, streetlights, and signboards, contribute to the increased fatalities.
Above all, traffic rule violation and speeding of vehicles along the route take a major role in these accidents. The district administration has geared up measures to curb the recurring accidents. New streetlights, speed-breakers, and signalling system will be installed to make the road safer, on a war footing, said district collector B. Abdul Nasar.
The public works department has been directed to install warning boards along the road. The collector had visited the passage assessing the issues of safety. Some 23 surveillance cameras and eight speed-cameras will come up along the 13.5-km way connecting Mevaram and Kavanadu, bypassing the busy city.
The signal lights on the road should function round the clock until all the safety measures are in place. New eight signal lights should be set up in addition to the five signal lights sanctioned earlier. Signal lights will be installed utilising the fund by road safety authority.
Construction of temporary humps is also under consideration. The road also lacks street lights except a few in intersections. Keltron has been entrusted with the installation of street lights along the route.
The district administration has also planned extensive traffic awareness programmes by including student police cadets, voluntary organisations, NCC, and school and college students.
The eviction of illegal shops along the roadsides is also under progress....