Timeline of notable deaths on Hyderabad ORR

 - Sakshi Post

The recent tragic death of Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLA G. Lasya Nanditha in a fatal road accident has once again highlighted the bleak reality of accidents on Hyderabad's Outer Ring Road (ORR). Concerns regarding the safety protocols on this crucial section of road are being voiced as the city grieves the loss of a bright young leader.

MLA Lasya died tragically when the SUV she was travelling in lost control and collided with a divider on the Patancheru Outer Ring Road. The collision's impact proved deadly despite attempts to save her.

Data shows a concerning pattern of increasing deaths on the ORR, with a marked rise in deaths over time. In 2022, 170 lives were lost in accidents on the ORR, a number that surged to 216 in 2023, marking a staggering 127% spike. The depressing loss of MLA Lasya raises the ominous 2024 death toll.

But MLA Lasya's tragedy is not an isolated incident. Numerous well-known people have lost their lives in accidents at the ORR over the years, making it a notorious blackspot for mishaps. Politicians, actors, cricket players, the list of casualties serves as a sobering reminder of the risks associated with this particular stretch of road.

Here's a look back at some of the major events that have rocked the community:

1.  2017 May 10:  P. Nishit Narayana, son of then Municipal Minister of Andhra Pradesh, P. Nishit Narayana, and head of Narayana Educational Institutions, along with his friend Raja Ravichandra, died in a fatal road accident at Jubilee Hills. The accident occurred on Road No. 36 in Hyderabad.
2.  2015 November 25:  Varun Pawar and Rahul Pawar, grandchildren of former DGP Pervaram Ramulu, lost their lives in a collision on the ORR. The accident took place when the car they were travelling in collided with a milk van ahead on the ORR.

3.  2011 December 20:  Prateek Reddy, son of former minister Komati Reddy Venkat Reddy, along with Sujith Kumar and Chandra Reddy, died in an accident on the outer ring road at Kollur in Medak district on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The car carrying them met with a fatal accident.

4.  2012 August 21:  Praveen Teja, son of former Minister Puli Veeranna, died in a car crash on the ORR. The car in which he was travelling lost control while taking a turn and overturned.

5.  2011 September 11:  Ayazuddin, son of former cricketer Azharuddin, died in a road accident at Puppalaguda on the Outer Ring Road on the outskirts of Hyderabad.

6.  2010 June 20:  Prasad, son of actor and BJP leader Kota Srinivasa Rao, died in an accident on the ORR outskirts. The accident took place when the high-speed two-wheeler he was travelling in collided with another vehicle.

7.  2003 October 12:  P. Pawan Kumar, the elder son of the then state Labor Minister, P. Pawan Kumar, died after hitting the road divider at the Jubilee Hills check post.

8.  2000 April 22:  The then minister P. Indra Reddy died in a road accident at Palmakula near Shamshabad while returning from Shadnagar in Mahabubnagar district.

These sad incidents serve as a sobering reminder of the critical need for improved safety protocols and more stringent enforcement of traffic laws on the ORR. As families grieve the loss of their loved ones, it is imperative that authorities take decisive action to prevent further casualties and ensure the safety of all road users on this crucial roadway.

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