The 12-km stretch of Palm Beach Road in Navi Mumbai will soon get wire rope crash barriers in four rows. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has taken this decision after the installation of ramblers, traffic signals and cat-eyes on the road have failed to curb the large number of accidents.
Since January 2012, almost 300 accidents have occurred in Navi Mumbai area, out of which 57 accidents occurred on Palm Beach Road. Eleven people lost their lives in nine fatal accidents. Wire rope crash barriers contain stretchable galvanised steel ropes that stop a vehicle, which loses control after colliding on the road divider or any hard object off the road. This reduces chances of mortality and serious injuries.
“Too many accidents occur on Palm Beach Road and we have decided to install wire rope crash barriers on both, the inner and outer edges of the road. We expect the number of accidents to drop,” said Sagar Naik, mayor of Navi Mumbai, adding that they will use around five ropes in the crash barriers. The NMMC is expected to incur expenses of Rs 5 to 7 crore for the project.