Accidents keep on increasing, but the ‘black spots’ of Delhi doesn’t change for ten years

The approaching Road Safety Policy which is on the course will provide custom-made solutions for these accident-prone zones, as per the PWD officials.

Eighty-six lives are lost and more than one-hundred and thirty serious over the last year are not yet enough to urge the Delhi government, the traffic police, civic bodies, and other agencies in the National Capital to fix the problems that make ten ‘black spots’ the most accident-prone areas in the city.

The ten spots, in order of accidents reported, are Mukundpur Chowk (26), Burari Chowk (23), Jahangirpuri Bust Stand, Azadpur Chowk, Delhi Gate (19 each), Bhalswa Chowk (15), followed by Britannia Chowk, Siraspur and Shahdara Flyover (13 each) and Shani Mandir Chowk on National Highway – 1 (9). Ten lives were lost at Mukundpur Chowk in 2017, making it the most dangerous traffic intersection in the city.

Black spots are locations that record three or more lethal or more ten non-lethal accidents in a year.

Eight out of the top ten ‘black spots’ fall under the dominion of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, while the rest two comes under the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

Senior municipal corporation officials, when got in touch, said that it was up to the PWD, which comes under the Delhi government, and the Delhi Traffic Police to make certain that the problems are solved.

“Our work is limited to conducting repair work on these stretches. The construction and the enforcement of traffic rules is the responsibility of the PWD and the police,” a senior municipal official said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Garima Bhatnagar said that accidents are caused by two major reasons – faulty road design or fault of drivers and other road users.

“We have deployed additional force on the most problematic stretches. However, better enforcement can only bring down those accidents where someone is at fault. A comprehensive road safety plan will surely help bring down such accidents,” Bhatnagar said.

The approaching Road Safety Policy which is on the course will provide custom-made solutions for these accident-prone zones, as per the PWD officials.

“We are inspecting each of these black spots and the alterations that need to be made are being noted,” a senior PWD official said.

As per the road safety experts, some of the matters were obvious, and that nothing was being done even though the authorities are well aware of how they could be fixed.

“At Mukundpur Chowk, the commuters coming from the Arihant Marg do not have enough road curvature to smoothly join the main road, which is a reason for most crashes,” said Aniruddha Prajapati, road engineering and safety researcher at IIT-Delhi.

by Sawan Kumar on June 11, 2018

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Accidents keep on increasing, but the ‘black spots’ of Delhi doesn’t change for ten years

The approaching Road Safety Policy which is on the course will provide custom-made solutions for these accident-prone zones, as per the PWD officials.

Eighty-six lives are lost and more than one-hundred and thirty serious over the last year are not yet enough to urge the Delhi government, the traffic police, civic bodies, and other agencies in the National Capital to fix the problems that make ten ‘black spots’ the most accident-prone areas in the city.

The ten spots, in order of accidents reported, are Mukundpur Chowk (26), Burari Chowk (23), Jahangirpuri Bust Stand, Azadpur Chowk, Delhi Gate (19 each), Bhalswa Chowk (15), followed by Britannia Chowk, Siraspur and Shahdara Flyover (13 each) and Shani Mandir Chowk on National Highway – 1 (9). Ten lives were lost at Mukundpur Chowk in 2017, making it the most dangerous traffic intersection in the city.

Black spots are locations that record three or more lethal or more ten non-lethal accidents in a year.

Eight out of the top ten ‘black spots’ fall under the dominion of North Delhi Municipal Corporation, while the rest two comes under the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC).

Senior municipal corporation officials, when got in touch, said that it was up to the PWD, which comes under the Delhi government, and the Delhi Traffic Police to make certain that the problems are solved.

“Our work is limited to conducting repair work on these stretches. The construction and the enforcement of traffic rules is the responsibility of the PWD and the police,” a senior municipal official said.

Joint Commissioner of Police (traffic) Garima Bhatnagar said that accidents are caused by two major reasons – faulty road design or fault of drivers and other road users.

“We have deployed additional force on the most problematic stretches. However, better enforcement can only bring down those accidents where someone is at fault. A comprehensive road safety plan will surely help bring down such accidents,” Bhatnagar said.

The approaching Road Safety Policy which is on the course will provide custom-made solutions for these accident-prone zones, as per the PWD officials.

“We are inspecting each of these black spots and the alterations that need to be made are being noted,” a senior PWD official said.

As per the road safety experts, some of the matters were obvious, and that nothing was being done even though the authorities are well aware of how they could be fixed.

“At Mukundpur Chowk, the commuters coming from the Arihant Marg do not have enough road curvature to smoothly join the main road, which is a reason for most crashes,” said Aniruddha Prajapati, road engineering and safety researcher at IIT-Delhi.

by Sawan Kumar on June 11, 2018

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