Hyderabad: The authorities are going to crack the whip against persons found walking on Outer Ring Road. As the movement of pedestrians is banned on ORR due to the high speed of vehicles the Cyberabad police has warned that those violating the rule will be jailed,
This was done as there were many tragic accidents on ORR involving pedestrians. In Cyberabad alone around 19 deaths have occurred due to such accidents.
Most of these violations were found in places like Appa Junction, Narsingi, Shamshabad, Thumkunta and Rajendranagar.
Cyberabad DCP (Traffic) A.R. Srinivas said persons from nearby villages are entering ORR for pick-ups. In doing so they are not only risking themselves but also the lives of others travelling in vehicles on that road, he said.
“We have been counselling them not to come on to ORR. While some are paying heed others are ignoring it. That is why we decided to take them to task,” he said. When asked whether shortage of staff will be a problem the DCP said they have six patrol vehicles with each having four traffic personnel. Action will be taken against pedestrians who are caught red handed by patrolling teams, he said.
Accidents involving pedestrians are found to occur mostly in the morning between 6 and 9 am or in the evening between 5 and 10 pm. Although five to six police jeeps are on the move continuously, there is a need to increase the number of CCTVs at key junctions.
The Cyberabad police has requested the government to allot them 22 CCTVs for installing at places where pedestrian violations are being reported.
In some places locals are entering ORR by breaking or damaging the fence erected by HMDA. Wherever such cases are reported police will be filing FIRs on damage to public property besides charging them under Section-88 of the City Police Act (negligence).