Irani's car too was damaged in the pile up. The doctor's family members have alleged that Irani did not help the accident victims, contradicting the minister.

"In the past two years, hundreds  have lost their lives in fatal accidents on the Yamuna Expressway between Agra and Greater Noida. This is a major  cause of worry. The concerned government departments have not shown a will to  address the problem and ensure road safety," said social activist Shrava  Kumar Singh.The Yamuna Expressway has been  rechristened "Death Highway" by the locals due to the alarmingly high number of road mishap fatalities.

The Agra Development Foundation, a trust, had filed a public interest petition in the Allahabad High Court to force the authorities to implement a  series of recommendations by experts.

"Since its inauguration, there have been 2,194  accidents recorded on the expressway in around 1,000 days," the foundation said.

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The court had also asked the foundation to give its suggestions to the high-level state committee on expressway safety for implementation. But so far no action has been initiated by the government.

"We now have no option but to go back to the high court seeking clear directive to save lives and property,"  K.C. Jain, president of the foundation, said.



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