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Soon, lanes to be reserved for emergency vehicles

Congestion on roads often means that emergency vehicles get stuck in traffic. But not any more. The law department has cleared a proposal to reserve lanes for emergency vehicles in the city. Neelam Pandey reports.

delhi Updated: Jan 29, 2013 01:24 IST
Neelam Pandey

Congestion on roads often means that emergency vehicles get stuck in traffic. But not any more. The law department has cleared a proposal to reserve lanes for emergency vehicles in the city. Not allowing them the right of passage will mean heavy penalty. The file will now be sent to the Lt Governor for his approval.

All vehicles will be allowed to ply on these lanes till an emergency is declared. After that, they will have to vacate these lanes for emergency vehicles.

The penalty will range between Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000, on the lines of the fine imposed for violating lane discipline during Commonwealth Games 2010.

The proposal drafted by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) was sent to the transport department. "The proposal was then sent to the law department, which made a few minor changes and has sent the file back to the transport department. The department will now send the file to the office of the L-G for the final clearance," said Dharam Pal, principal secretary, DDMA.

"The notification is likely to be issued within a week. After that, we will start the process of painting the reserved lanes," added the official. On the 197 stretches in the city, one lane will be reserved for emergency vehicles.

Explaining the need for this step, officials said often precious time is lost in bringing relief when an emergency vehicle gets stuck in traffic. "Generally, Delhiites don't give way to ambulances and other emergency vehicles," a senior Delhi government official said.

The lanes for these vehicles will be reserved in a similar manner enforced during the CWG for vehicles of the athletes and officials. "The right lane of the 197 roads across the city will be reserved. The fine will be imposed for violations during emergency situation under the Motor Vehicles Act 1988. To ensure people are able to identify these roads, they will be painted blue and 'Disaster lane' will be painted after every kilometre," added the official.

These lanes will mostly exist near fire stations, police stations, the offices of the deputy commissioners and SDM as well as hospitals.