Roadways

NHs criss-crossing Bengaluru are death traps

BENGALURU

Drama teacher Veerachar, 75, was crossing National Highway 4 at Eighth Milestone, Hesaraghatta Cross, on Tuesday evening after submitting documents for pension to elderly artistes.

The window provided by the green signal was too short for him to cross the road. He came under the wheels of a speeding bus, reports The Times of India.

The site of Veerachar’s accident is among the several black spots – sites where road accidents are historically con centrated – identified recently on the many national highways that scythe through the city.

Tumakuru Road, as NH 4 is better known, is the worst, dotted with four black spots within Bengaluru city limits.

The four black spots – Yeshwantpur Metro Station to SRS Junction, SRS Junction to Parle-G factory, Madanayakanahalli bus stand and Makali – accounted for 71 deaths between 2011and 2013. Bengaluru accounts for six of the 86 black spots that dot the 2,500-km long national highway stretches criss-crossing Karnataka. The state has the second highest number of black spots in the country, with the first position shared by Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh (100 black spots each).

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