Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway: 296 Accidents & 132 Fatalities Since Jan, Is This Highway To Hell? 

by Sanjana Shenoy
Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway: 296 Accidents & 132 Fatalities Since Jan, Is This Highway To Hell? 

Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway witnessed shocking 296 accidents and 132 deaths since January 2023. This alarming number has Bangaloreans wondering if this expressway is a highway to hell. Read on to know more about the possible reasons why this highway has witnessed many accident victims ever since its inauguration.

Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway Is Called ‘Accident Den’

A report by The Indian Express states that the alarming number of accidents and deaths on the Bengaluru-Mysuru Expressway has people wondering if the road has any engineering defects. Also, cases of reckless driving are also a matter of concern. Ever since official operations on the expressway started on March 12, it has been named “accident den”. This is due to the alarming number of unfortunate incidents.

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The additional director general of police, Alok Kumar asked for a detailed report from superintendents in Mysore, Mandya and Ramanagara districts about the accidents and fatalities in the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway. The findings revealed that Mandya recorded the highest number of 65 accidents. Ramanagara recorded 63.  And Mysore reported the lowest with only 4 fatalities on the 118-km long expressway between January and June.

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Why Is This Highway Prone To Accidents?

The reasons behind this alarming number of accidents are vehicles skidding due to waterlogging, overspeeding at curves and violating lane discipline. In order to make this expressway safer, Alok Kumar has stressed the need to have foot over bridges (FOB). Also, red light violation (RLVD) cameras and automatic number plate recognition (ANPC) cameras.

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He stated to The Indian Express, that as per the contract, they will establish 21 FOBs and install more CCTVs, RLVD cameras and ANPC cameras to keep a check on violations and ensure pedestrian safety. Moreover, the stretch between Channapatna and Mandya is curvilinear flanked with undulations. So, high-speeding vehicles here are more prone to accidents. Mostly, smaller travellers in smaller SUVs have been accident victims on this expressway.

So, Bengalureans can expect more blinkers, advisory signages and other measures taken to make this 118-km long highway a safer one. Meanwhile, if you’re travelling on the Bengaluru-Mysuru expressway, exercise caution to the highest degree.

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