The Mumbai-Pune Expressway has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons.
The series of accidents that have happened at the expressway has turned it into it a death trap.
Maharashtra government has been constantly looking for new methods to make the first 6-lane expressway of India safe for the commuters.
The latest technology being deployed by the Maha government, to curb rash driving, is the use of drones.
Drones were used for the first time on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway to monitor on Saturday vehicular traffic and 15 drivers were fined during the exercise for cutting lanes.
Fifteen truck drivers were fined for cutting lanes after aerial pictures of lane-cutting by these drivers were captured by the drones.
In addition, the State Government is also planning to raise the traffic penalties for lane-cutting and over-speeding on the expressway.
Explaining the idea behind the use of drones, Maharashtra Minister of State for Home (Urban) Deepak Kesarkar had recently said, “We do not have control over rash driving as the length of the expressway is long and there is insufficient police staff for surveillance.”
He also said that using CCTV cameras for monitoring traffic had its limitations and hence, the idea of using drones was mooted.
It is also looking at implementing an ‘intelligent surveillance system’ to aid in booking offenders.
The Mumbai-Pune expressway has witnessed around 14,500 accidents since it’s construction in 2002, making it one of the most accident-prone highways in the country.
On an average, 40,000 vehicles run on the expressway daily, posing an enormous challenge to traffic authorities.