The Works Department has identified 247 black spots on National Highways (NHs) and 258 on State Highways (SHs) of Odisha.
Black spots are points where frequent mishaps take place due to engineering defects and absence of traffic control measures.
The State Government has asked the Works Department as well as National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to submit separate lists of black spots and actions taken to rectify the problems. Both the agencies have been directed to annually identify the black spots, allocation of funds and approval of projects for correction of the defects and monitor them so that road mishaps can be minimised.
Road accidents have been on the rise in the State. From 9,398 road accidents in 2011, the number has jumped to 9,648 in 2014. This year by June end, over 5,651 mishaps had been recorded indicating that the figure will surpass 10,000.
In last five years, the State reported 47,424 road mishaps in which 19,333 persons lost their lives and another 27,159 were grievously injured. The mishaps laid to waste property worth `188 crore. Driving licences of 75 persons have been suspended in the last five years.