NASIK: District collector Deependra Singh Kushwah on Monday asked the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to find a solution to the accident-prone spots on highways passing through the district.

Kushwah, who chaired the meeting of the transport safety committee, went through the list of spots identified by the public works department. “We went through issues raised by the PWD on the roads and suggestions for correcting the same. We have now asked the NHAI to find resolution to the issues,” the collector said.

A large number of accidents have taken place on the national highways passing through the district, including the Mumbai-Agra national highway (NH3), Nashik Pune (NH-50), Nashik-Peth and others. The district committee on road safety during its last meeting discussed the issue thoroughly and decided that the PWD would identify the black spots on the roads and the committee will take measures to resolve them. The works will have to be carried out by NHAI to ensure that roads are safe and that there is minimal loss to life and property.

On the funds required for the solutions, the officer said that he would speak to his seniors before commenting on anything. “The roads have been designed and constructed with the best possible methods to ensure safe driving. But there are issues and we will attempt to resolve them,” the official added.Meanwhile, the collector has decided to adopt the ‘Regional Transport Office’ formula of helmets compulsion by asking the heads of the government officers to disallow any two-wheeled vehicle driver into their campus if he is not wearing helmets.

“It is a good start by the RTO and I have been asked to appeal to all the government body heads to ensure that they make it mandatory for every employee as well as visitor to ensure they wear helmet or park their vehicle outside the premises of the office. The employees of collectorate cannot be given any kind of concession and hence soon we will ask all government offices to make it compulsory for the employees and visitors to wear helmets,” Collector said.

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