The four-lane access controlled expressway has been constructed by the nodal agency Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) and executed by the four private infra majors — Apco Infratech, Ashoka Buildcon, Gawar Construction and Dilip Buildcon.
“To make Bundelkhand expressway the safest road in the country with minimum accidents and almost no road fatality, the most desirable design standards are being selected and implemented. The 5 E’s of safe road operation including Engineering of road, Engineering of vehicle, Enforcement, Encouragement, Education and Emergency care have been fully carried out while construction of the highway. This aims to make it one the safest facility ever built in the world, as nowhere have all the 5E’s been embedded into the facility,” said K K Kapila, chairman ICT and president emeritus, International Road Federation (IRF).
The key to safe road infrastructure design is consistency. Our associate Indian Road Traffic Education (IRTE) provided the much needed training to police officials enroute, said Kapila. “For education and encouragement, teaching good road behaviour through awareness campaigns in schools and textbooks has been done for schools in the vicinity of two kms from the Expressway. Books and curriculum for schools have already been provided to the state government for inclusion in curriculum. Films and song videos on road safety being provided to villages near the expressway,” said Satish Parakh, president, India chapter of the International Road Federation.
“For emergency care, the tea stalls, dhaba, puncture and fuel pump staff and police staff on the entire route have been trained for roadside medical care and access to paramedics in the “golden hour”, or the hour immediately following a road accident during which the provision of first aid can greatly enhance the prospects of the accident victim’s survival,” said Parakh further. Some of the advanced traffic management features at the expressway include 24×7 surveillance and real time monitoring of the traffic. This will help check overspeeding (speed camera or speed sensors), unsafe overtaking, overloading (of passenger and goods vehicles), contraflow movements, not-permitted vehicles, animals on the road, illegal/wrong parking on expressway, dynamic speed reporting (feed-back sign), seat-belt and helmet wearing compliance and use of mobile phone while driving.