169 accidents, yet no alarm raised for over 18 months

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Zirakpur
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2015 09:15 IST

More than 160 accidents, 151 of them involving motorists suffering serious injuries over 18 months, were not enough to awaken the mandarins of the SAS Nagar district administration and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to fix up speed limits on the Zirakpur flyover stretch or install CCTVs, HT has learnt.

It was only after the horrific accident of February 6, again involving speeding that killed three people, that a speed limit of 60 km/hour has been fixed for the flyover.

Mahender Singh Gaira, associate GM, GMR Ambala-Chandigarh Express Private Limited, claims that 169 accidents took place on the Baldev Nagar (near Ambala) to Zirakpur flyover from April 2013 to November 2014. He added that 150 of these were because of over-speeding and drunken driving, but no barricade to check these violations was ever set up.

NHAI project director OC Mathur said, “We had commissioned a study to investigate the accidents, which also involved a bit of road engineering. The results are meant for our internal consumption and not meant for sharing with the traffic police. However, whatever was relevant for safety was shared with the department.”

He admitted that they did not have gadgets to monitor average speeds at which vehicles moved on roads under their jurisdiction, but their analysis was based on a physical inspection. gurpreetchhina@hindustantimes.com

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