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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Accident Spots along KJEI–Chandni Chowk Road | 12 Identified Blackspots in Pune




“Accidents Happen, it is our Duty to ensure they don’t repeat”


A case study conducted by a group of B.E. Students studying in Department of Civil Engineering, Trinity College of Engineering and Research resulted in the 12 identified black spots on the route connecting KJEI campus and Chandni Chowk in Pune.
The route is most populated and often categorized as a highway along its section. Its almost like a route connecting important gateways that is the Chandni Chowk and Khadi Machine Chowk. Having such an important geological and logistical value this route certainly demands attention for maintenance and operation. The study done by the group involves the analysis of the previous records and physical survey of existing factors such as geometry, traffic conditions, peak hours and nature of traffic. The following is the report from their BE Project.
Lets begin by Defining:

Black Spot

In road safety management, an accident blackspot is a place where road traffic accidents have been historically found to be concentrated.
In simple terms, a place where too many accidents occurred in the past


Routing and Chainages

The route selected for the study was KJEI campus to Chandni Chowk via Katraj. This involved the Navale Bridge and Ambegoan road. The figure below shows the route details. The entire route was divided into sections of 500 m to facilitate simplicity in studies
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Route and Chainage for Study

Identified Black spots

Conducting the analysis of the past records from Police Stations, Physical surveys and using analytical methods such as Accident Density Method and Weighted Severity Index Method the following points were identified as blackspots.
1) Yewalewadi
2) Khadi Machine
3) Gokul Nagar
4) Katraj Chowk
5) Datta Nagar
6) Beldare Petrol Pump
7) Vadgaon Bridge
8) End of Vadgaon Bridge
9) Mai Mangeshkar Hospital
10) RMD college
11) Dhukkar Khind
12) Chandani Chowk.
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Identified Black Spots marked with red pins
Refer the image below, points are marked on the map.
The report below provides details on the complete case study, methodology and inferences from the study
The case study was published in the IJIRSET in the May, 2017 issue. titled as

“Accident Analysis & Blackspot Identification from Chandani Chowk to KJEI Campus, Pune – A case Study”

Click here to Download the Research Paper

Inferences from the study

  1. As the main focus of this project is accident analysis and identification of Black Spots on the route of Chandani Chowk to KJ’s Educational Institute, Pune. This route is having 20.0 KM length. This route includes Mumbai-Bangalore Highway (NH-48), Pune-Machilipatanam (NH-65) Highway.
  2. Number of educational institutes, temples, stops for construction workers  also exists on this route making it highly populated during the peak rush hours.
  3. The different sections on the route aren’t having uniform grading making it difficult to maintain the traffic flow uniformity.
  4. The nature of traffic, as this region receives heavy loaded vehicles that included large and oversized containers it adds up to risk. it has been concluded from the study that a number of accidents are associated with heavy vehicles.

Solutions

Redesign of sections consisting of Black spot, it being a phenomenon that is primarily govern by the geometric structure of the road and the connecting links a modification in the geometry or by providing restrictions on traffic flow the accident risk can be lowered down. Further it is to be noted that traffic conditioning is required to maintain a smooth flow that won’t lead to hazards on account of Human errors. Its is our observed fact that in our country traffic calming agents which should be a object to calm the traffic and add safety to the transport system is not applied efficiently, our system lags in the efficient employment of these tools to regulate the flow. There are speed breakers placed which are in very bad conditions; oversized, not properly dressed, no prior indication, odd locations and these speed breakers also add up to the risk factors. The rising traffic and the risk associated with transport can be mitigated by the application of technology and advancement in the field of sciences, by employing technology to monitor and provide measure to manage traffic, by issuing strict traffic regulations the accident rate can be reduced.
The most important Among all is by training people about the hazards and how to be safe in such environments.

Scopes of Development

“Future is what you think it to be, Until it becomes the Present”

Being positive is the essence of developing good future, in an age where technology is dominating most of our activities, making it safe and comfortable soon would our roads be operated by the computers making it efficient in all directions. There could be algorithms developed that monitor traffic and predict solutions considering all parameters constraining traffic flow and also emergency situations.
It is to be taken into account that in the future the roads would be much safer that they are right now, if all security and safety measures are adopted. We would be travelling at a high speed with high safety standards that would be maintained by technology. Soon we’re approaching in the era of cars without any drivers which is said to be more safe as it eliminates the human errors and lags in reflexes require to prevent damages.

So thats’ all we’d wanted to share
Thanks for reading, we’d like to have your comments especially for scopes of development in this region that affects the lives of each one travelling on the roads.



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Credits:
Prof. Jitesh Dhule
Rutuja Gawade
Amol Pawar
Swapnil Borge
Nazim Ansari
Sayyed Shadaab
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1 comment:

  1. Your case study is very good and looks practical.
    Congratulations to all of you.
    Today morning When I was travelling from Varje to Katraj,I saw there is one black spot on Vadgaon bridge.one Metal plate in between to columns has been of bridge has been moved out from its place and it becomes very dangerous for vehicles especially for two wheelers.
    Let look into matter if possible.

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