The Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) mentioned it’s going to install view cutters on a 600m str.etch of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway close to Masuri in Ghaziabad to block the view of an aeroplane restaurant that’s distracting drivers — a number of of them are even stopping on the highway to take a look — thereby growing the chance of accidents on the stretch close to Masuri in Ghaziabad.
Officers mentioned the aero restaurant close to Masuri, known as Hawa Hawai, is a collaboration between NHAI and a personal firm, which procured a decommissioned A320 airbus and remodelled it as a eating facility.
The officers mentioned view cutters are giant, stable panels which are usually put in alongside stretches to shield delicate installations equivalent to airports and runway. They’re used to block each view and unauthorised entry, NHAI mentioned.
“This stretch has develop into unsafe for commuters as individuals usually cease on the highway to take a look at the aero restaurant and this, inadvertently, pose a threat to different commuters. Just a few accidents have additionally occurred there. So, the highways authority has deliberate to minimize the view of the stretch close to the restaurant by putting in view cutters over a stretch of about 600 metres. This can contain a price of about ₹50 lakh,” mentioned an official from NHAI, who wished not to be named.
Whereas the NHAI officers mentioned they don’t have accident figures for the DME available with them, on August 18, 2023, a mother-son duo on a motorcycle have been killed after crashing right into a container truck in entrance of them. The site visitors police mentioned that the 2 have been busy trying on the restaurant and didn’t spot the truck in entrance of them.
On December 1, 2023, two younger males have been killed and one other injured after their motorbike collided with a truck close to the restaurant stretch.
The officers mentioned the the plane restaurant is positioned alongside Section 2 of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, from UP-Gate to Dasna, and this stretch has a day by day site visitors of about 200,000 passenger automotive models.
“The NHAI recognized this space close to the aero restaurant as threat susceptible. Therefore, view cutters can be put in. The undertaking has been despatched to NHAI headquarters for approval and work will begin as soon as it’s acquired,” the official quoted above mentioned.
“The choice of the NHAI to install view cutters is a welcome step. This can certainly assist stop commuters from getting distracted by the sight of an aeroplane restaurant. In our highway security assembly held on Monday, now we have additionally requested the NHAI to install extra signage on the entry/exit factors of the expressway,” mentioned Virendra Kumar, extra deputy commissioner of police (site visitors).
In accordance to figures obtainable with the site visitors police, Ghaziabad district recorded 991 accidents in 2023, during which 365 individuals misplaced their lives. The district noticed 886 accidents in 2022 with 363 fatalities and 824 accidents in 2021 with 392 fatalities, the information confirmed.