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Bengaluru's deadly 'outer rings' claim 224 lives

  • 612 deaths have been recorded in 42 traffic police station limits till September 2016.
  • 224 persons were killed in the nine deadly zones alone.
Bengalurus deadly outer rings claim 224 lives

Bengalurus deadly outer rings claim 224 livesAs per data availed by Asianet Newsable, nine deadly zones across Bengaluru's outer ring roads have claimed 224 lives until September of this year. Blame has been placed on non-functioning street lights and pedestrians. 

Early morning or late evening travellers on the ring roads in the outskirts of Bengaluru better be wary as over 200 people have been killed on the outer ring roads this year alone.

Police say that these deaths are mainly due to over speeding. As Asianet Newsable uncovered, there are nine such deadly zones on those roads, avoiding which may help motorists remain safe while travelling.

According to the data available with Asianet Newsable, which has been prepared by the Bengaluru Traffic Department, places like KR Puram, Madivala, Electronic City, Old Airport, Kamakshipalaya, Kengeri, Whitefield, Yeshwanthpur and Peenya traffic station limits have witnessed a high number of deaths.

According to the data, out of 612 deaths in 42 traffic police station limits till September 2016, 224 persons were killed in the nine deadly zones alone.

R Hitendra, Additional Commissioner of Police says, apart from two-wheeler rider deaths and four wheeler deaths, pedestrians who show negligence while crossing on these routes have also been killed.

"As these routes fall in either National Highway and State Highway category, motorists tend to over speed, and if suddenly a pedestrian comes in the way from the centre medians, that results in an accident and death. The department also has noticed issues of poor visibility due to defective street lights, which are also a reason for the fatalities. We have informed the relevant civic agency to set it right,"  he said.

Agreeing with Hitendra, Mahendra K, Traffic Inspector at KR Puram says that since the road ahead from KR Puram connects to the National Highway, at times pedestrians cross from the centre median and are killed by oncoming traffic. The traffic department also has made efforts to close few centre medians but still people jump and pass. 

"The traffic department has requested the BBMP to put danger signs in few places and keep the area well lit with street lights during the night and early morning time to avoid accidents," he said.

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