On Friday morning, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat met with an accident on Yamuna Expressway. According to reports,  RSS chief was on his way to Vrindavan, Mathura, to attend an event when a car from his cavalcade collided with another car. The collision occurred after one car from the convoy lost its control following tyre burst. RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat has reportedly escaped the major accident with no injuries. 

According to reports, the matter took place around 4 km before the convoy was to reach Mathura toll plaza. As per reports, the incident took place at around 8:45 AM in Mathura’s Surir on the Yamuna Expressway when Bhagwat was on his way from Delhi to Vrindavan.

Following the tyre burst incident, Bhagwat and his accomplices were safely moved to other cars and left for Vrindavan. Bhagwat is set to attend an event in Vrindavan, where he will also be accompanied by yoga guru and entrepreneur Baba Ramdev.

In past the, Yamuna Expressway has witnessed tons of tyre bursts leading to death of thousands of commuters. While many blame the authorities over the cemented roads, which cause more friction with the tyre and making them heat up fast, authorities have kept mum.

Earlier this year, the Yamuna Expressway was awarded a title of ‘death highway’, after the reports suggested that 548 lives have been lost with the time peroid of 5 years. Costing Rs 13,000 crore ($2 billion), 165-km long Yamuna Expressway had always been questioned and fingers have been raised on its flawed design and the suitability of concrete roads to Indian environmental conditions.

There have been a staggering 4,054 accidents since the Expressway opened in August 2012.

Quoting from the reply to an RTI querry, Agra Development Foundation secretary KC Jain said that in 2012 (August onwards) the number of deaths was 33 from 275 accidents. The figures for 2013 were 118 deaths from 896 accidents; in 2014 the number of accidents was 771 resulting in 127 deaths, while in 2015, 142 people lost their lives in 919 accidents.

 

First Published | 6 October 2017 9:36 AM
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