Nalgonda accidents: Possible reasons explained
The unfortunate demise of Nandamuri Harikrishna in a road accident in Nalgonda district has reminded us of how his eldest son, Janakiram, had died on the same route. NTR Jr had met with an accident in 2009 on National Highway No. 9, somewhat closer to the route in which Harikrishna died.
Usha Turaga-Revelli, a senior columnist, has an interesting (and possible) explanation to offer for Nalgonda accidents. "What I have observed is that Nalgonda is at such a place on the route between Hyderabad and Vijayawada/Guntur that either way, most people reach there at a sensitive time in the journey. When they start in the evening from Vizag or Rajahmundry or other places there or at night in Vijayawada, they reach this area in the wee hours, time for deep sleep. And dangerous time for anyone driving. When people start from Hyderabad, it is almost the same case and when the journey begins early in the morning, they reach that place just after breakfast time, again a time people feel a little sluggish," she says.
She further analyzes, "The accidents are almost never head-on collision now as the roads are beautifully and safely separated. They are mostly, 1. Drivers falling asleep at the wheel. 2. Hitting something by the roadside. 3. Losing control due to overspeeding and no seat belt. The ORR sees so many accidents too and it is invariably due to overspeeding but almost never in broad daylight.