The Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMRL) today announced setting up of a committee to look into the city traffic police's request of taking remedial measures in some "accident-prone" spots along the proposed Metro Rail routes.
"HMRL Managing Director NVS Reddy, in consultation with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner and Hyderabad Police Commissioner, appointed the committee with immediate effect," an official release said.
The multi-disciplinary inter-departmental committee was constituted to conduct a thorough study of the places identified by the Traffic Police and to come up with both the immediate and long-term remedial measures/recommendations to improve safety conditions along the Metro Rail corridors in the city, it said.
The committee consists of an independent traffic and transportation expert, HMRL engineers, besides officials from GHMC and Hyderabad Traffic Police.
The HMRL asked the panel members to interact with the Traffic Police of Cyberabad and Rachakonda commissionerates also and the L&T Metro Rail (Hyderabad) Limited (LTMRHL), the concessionaire for Metro Rail project, and submit its recommendations within a month.
"The panel is mandated to come up with recommendations specific to the Metro Rail-related road safety measures, like provision of reflective signages on Metro pillars, protective measures in formation of central median below the Metro viaduct, provision/non-provision of central median when the Metro viaduct is off the main carriage way and/or in narrow roads, formation of kidney islands, pedestrian refuge areas etc," the release said.
In the wake of the death of son of an Andhra Pradesh Minister and his friend after their speeding SUV hit a metro pillar here recently, the Hyderabad Traffic Police conducted a survey and identified 74 accident-prone spots, mostly involving Metro Rail pillars.
The survey was carried out by a team, comprising experts from the city traffic police and the GHMC. Traffic police had requested the HMRL to initiate safety measures, including blinkers and signages near to the Metro structures.