Battered road network leads to rise in mishaps at Baratang

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25 Apr 2017

Data compiled by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways claimed that over 10,000 people in India were killed in crashes caused by battered road,  potholes, speed breakers and roads under repair or construction in 2015. But the district administration of the North and Middle Andaman region appears least bothered about the tattered road stretch at Baratang that has earned wrath of the commuters, thanks to the many potholes which lead to severe inconvenience for the commuters. According to reports, the stretch of  National Highway from Nilambur Jetty to Gandhi Ghat has witnessed a spurt in road accidents in the recent months owing to complete lack of maintenance by the concerned authorities.
In a recent road accident involving a tourist vehicle, two were seriously injured after the driver of the vehicle lost control and veered off the road near Bolcha Bus Stand at Baratang. The injured were rushed to the nearby health centre, which then referred them to GB Pant Hospital. “Despite repeated requests to the concerned authorities in the recent years, all our pleas appear to have fallen on deaf years. The stretch, which connects South Andaman with the Middle and North Andaman District has remained severely damaged due to extensive use and ravaged during monsoon seasons. The road has developed pits which are one to two feet deep at several spots rendering them unsafe for passage of vehicles. Vehicle operators along the crucial stretch of the national highway have met with many accidents in the battered stretch. The road conditions pose serious threat to motorists particularly new license holders. The authorities concerned should take immediate steps to ensure proper maintenance of the crucial road stretch at Baratang,” said some irate commuters.