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CIRT study on tyre bursts on expressway

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CIRT sources said once the study is completed, the recommendations made by it would be taken up by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the Bureau of Indian Standards and changes would be made.

PUNE, Aug. 7

THE Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has asked the Pune-based Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT), the training and research institute in road transportation, to conduct a study on accidents due to tyre bursts on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

With about 340 accidents reported in April, the Ministry was keen on improving road safety and had offered support for this study, Mr D. G. Shirke, Director, CIRT, said here on Wednesday.

The work envisaged deciding the speed limit on the expressway and suggesting improvements in tyre technology if needed. The study, which began in mid-June this year, would be completed by mid-November, he said. Since getting timely information was vital in such a kind of study, CIRT had obtained about 300 FIRs (first information reports) so far and the data collection was still on.

What had actually triggered the study was the complaint raised in Parliament about the large number of accidents on the expressway, mainly due to tyre bursts. The complaint was raised in February and Parliament had come up with a query to CIRT about the tyre composition. The query was answered in March.

Mr Shirke noted that the information which was required by CIRT for the study included date and time of the accident, eye-witness, tentative spot of accident on the expressway, whether towards Mumbai or towards Pune (between Pune-Khandala or in the Ghat portion between Khandala-Belapur), type of vehicle, registration number and colour of the vehicle and any other distinguishing feature of the affected vehicle such as name of the company or picture or advertisement.

CIRT sources said once the study is completed, the recommendations made by it would be taken up by the Ministry and the Bureau of Indian Standards and the necessary changes would be made.

Asked whether this would not provoke a spate of protests from automobile and tyre industry, they said: "the findings are a fact and nothing can be done about that. These findings would ensure that there is a certain benchmark for safety standards in the case of tyre bursts and the Ministry is also keen on understanding the maximum speed that travellers can drive at.''

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