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Police will instal speed cameras on Basanti Highway, a stretch of the Bypass and Diamond Harbour Road to curb speeding.

A preliminary survey of the three roads has been completed and installation points have been identified. Work is on to set up the cameras that would be fitted with sensors.

These sensors will be able to detect red light violation and capture images of vehicles with their registration numbers even in the dark, a traffic police officer said.

“We studied the accident patterns and fatalities on various roads over a certain period,” Sumit Kumar, DC, traffic, said. “We found these stretches have seen a rise in the number of accidents. Speed cameras will help check the tendency to speed.”

The 88km Basanti Highway on the city’s eastern fringe connects the Bypass to Basanti in South 24-Parganas.

The stretch is a favourite with those headed to the Sunderbans via the Calcutta Leather Complex.

A 16km stretch between the Bypass and Bhojerhat is in the city traffic police’s jurisdiction and it has seen several accidents in the past few years.

The stretch records 14-15 accidents every month, many of the officers Metro spoke to said. The number varied between 20 and 25 a couple of years ago. But lights, crash barriers and speed bumps have ensured a dip in the accident count.

“The road takes sudden sharp turns at Alu Pota, Moila depot and near the Bantala market,” an officer of Tiljala traffic guard said.

“Speeding vehicles tend to loose balance and at times even veer off the road and fall into an adjoining canal.”

On February 25, three people were killed and one injured when a goods vehicle hit an auto near Chowbaga.

Four days later five people were killed and three injured when a truck lost control and rammed into bystanders near Paglahat on the same road.

The stretch around the place where Basanti Highway merges with the Bypass has emerged as an accident-prone zone, particularly around Ambedkar bridge near Science City.

“Vehicles headed for the Parama flyover from Ruby tend to speed on the bridge because one gets to see the traffic signal from a distance,” an officer said.

Robin Biswa, a chef, had his right arm crushed under the wheels of a speeding bus when he lost balance and fell off his two-wheeler on Ambedkar bridge on March 31.

The police have noticed that the Bypass stretch between Patuli and Ruby see speeding at night and early morning and the only way out was to increase surveillance through speed cameras.

Like the Bypass, Diamond Harbour Road has several connecting roads on either side. Pedestrians crossing the road in the midst of moving vehicles remain one of the biggest challenges, the police said.

Source: The Telegraph

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