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Cops decide to slow down traffic

Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) reluctance to take corrective measures to check accidents on the Dwarka flyover claimed yet another life on Saturday, reports Atul Mathur.

delhi Updated: Mar 15, 2009 00:42 IST
Atul Mathur

Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) reluctance to take corrective measures to check accidents on the Dwarka flyover claimed yet another life on Saturday.

After crashing into the side wall, the victim flew into the air and fell 20 feet down on a slip road. He succumbed to the injuries later.

Blaming DDA officials for “not doing enough” to make the stretch safe for motorists, traffic police officers said they are now putting up a barricade and stationing a traffic policeman just before the curve to make motorists slow down.

“Though a barricade is not advisable, I have no option. Let there be a traffic jam, I have to save lives of motorists,” said a traffic police officer, who was not authorised to speak to the media.

“There are so many flyovers in Delhi, I have never heard of anyone falling over any flyover. This is something very peculiar to this flyover and the agencies concerned should act fast,” he said.

Joint commissioner of police (traffic) SN Shrivastava said there was a sudden curvature towards the right and people speeding on the flyover hit the sidewall and fell over.

“People have fallen over in the past too. We have taken up the matter with the DDA officials. Though we have now put up a barricade there and have even posted a traffic policeman, such arrangements are temporary. There is an immediate need to put rumble strips before the curve and the height of the sidewall should also be raised,” Shrivastava said.

Experts feel that bringing down the speed of traffic would help in reducing the numbers of accidents on this stretch.

“The surface of the approach road and flyover road can be roughened a bit to ensure that vehicles do not speed. On Bhairon Road near Pragati Maidan, the road is made of special tiles which can be replicated on this flyover. This will ensure that vehicles move at a slow and even pace and a jam does not occur,” said PK Sarkar, head of transportation wing, School of Planning and Architecture.

“Ideal speed on this stretch should be 40 to 50 kmph. DDA can build soft speed breakers ahead of the curve. Vehicles speeding would feel a jerk. The crash barrier should be reinforced,” said Pawan Gupta, member of the governing body, Unified Traffic and Transportation (Planning and Engineering) Centre.

DDA member (engineering) BK Chugh could not be contacted.