To stop dangerous mishaps in the state, accidents- prone areas have been identified, and repair of the roads has been included in the World Bank-funded Roads Upgradation and Improvement Project which is Rs 2,100-crore.
The Traffic Tourist and Railways Wing of the Himachal Police had carried out the poll on road accidents between 2006 and 2012 and classified 314 black spots along roads where 4,488 accidents took place in six years, killing 1,048 persons and wounding 6,844.
Rs 5.96 crore have been allocated for improvement of 20 black spots on ten roads following the first phase of the project.
Eight accident black spots having a length of 3,135 m are identified on the Kalka-Rampur-Wangtoo-Kaurik National Highway and the amount reserved for their maintenance is Rs 88.35 lakh.
Work on the Rohroo-Paonta Sahib road has been finished while the other trails are 25 percent complete. Along with this two more accident blackspots (1,512 m) have been identified on the Sainj-Chopal-Nerwa road.
“Work on accident black spots measuring 1,036 m on the Jwalamukhi-Dehra-Jwali-Raja-ka-Talab Road is 50 % finished and the Pathankot-Mandi road, Chandigarh-Manali road, and Nurpur Lahru Tunuhatti road have been prepared,” said sources in the Public Works Department (PWD).