The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has placed crash barriers and reflectors on the stretch to prevent another tragedy like the one that occurred last month on the Bhor Ghat part of the old Mumbai-Pune highway, which claimed 13 lives and injured 29 others.
While traffic police are stationed at the location around-the-clock, a metal gantry or height barrier has been built to barricade the road from large vehicles. From the Khandala Ghat portion to the village of Khopoli, the crash barriers, reflectors, and a height barrier had been put in place.
Senior Inspector Shirish Pawar of the Khopoli police station stated, “Following the accident, we gave certain suggestions to the MSRDC. They have implemented them on the ghat stretch. We have also deployed our staff near the height barrier to restrict vehicles from taking the wrong side.”
A Mumbai-bound private bus carrying members of the Bajiprabhu Dhol Tasha Pathak from Goregaon met with an accident on April 15, when it deviated off the road and fell into a ravine.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde visited the scene of the bus accident and issued MSRTC staff orders to investigate the incident as a way and take action to stop future ones from happening. Following the discovery of a few "black spots," the MSRDC began activities. They were travelling along the highway despite Bhor Ghat's ban on heavy vehicles entering from the direction of Khandala and towards Khopoli Village.
The resulting crashes compelled MSRDC to construct height restrictions, crash barriers, and reflectors, which will stop heavy vehicles from descending steep ghats.
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