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Cops map 79 killer roads, moot safety measures

The Delhi traffic police have identified as many as 79 killer spots in the capital that witness the most maximum number of fatal road accidents and chalked out certain measures that can help bring down the toll. Subhendu Ray reports.

delhi Updated: May 18, 2013 02:05 IST
Subhendu Ray

The Delhi traffic police have identified as many as 79 killer spots in the capital that witness the most maximum number of fatal road accidents and chalked out certain measures that can help bring down the toll.

The police identified these spots through a GIS-based scientific survey.

“Through GIS mapping, we identified the exact locations on particular accident-prone stretches that witness many mishaps and fatalities. We have identified the possible reasons for the accidents and are preparing an action plan to check them,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).

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During the survey, traffic police analysed every major accident that took place during the last year and plotted them on GIS map to ascertain the actual reasons for their occurrence.

The reasons for accidents as found out by the cops included unscientific curvature of roads, narrowing of carriageways, sudden merger of traffic, over grown trees, insufficient lights and sudden increase in speed of vehicles due to road gradients.

Every year, the traffic police release a list of the 20 most accident-prone roads and step up checks and prosecutions on them. Taking a step ahead this time, they have identified exact points where accidents take place repeatedly.

According to the findings, most of these 79 dark spots were on the 20 accident-prone roads, which included Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, GTK Road, GT Road, national highways 8 and 24 among others. Over 200 fatal accidents have taken place till April 30 this year on these stretches.

“Certain measures can bring in a lasting solution to the problem of repeated accidents at these points and make them safe for motorists and pedestrians,” said Shukla.