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Traffic police plan: Divide roads for rules

The joy of driving on the wide and smooth roads of Lutyen’s Delhi, the Capital’s VIP area and home to the city’s who’s who, will soon be lost.

delhi Updated: Sep 01, 2009 23:43 IST
Atul Mathur

The joy of driving on the wide and smooth roads of Lutyen’s Delhi, the Capital’s VIP area and home to the city’s who’s who, will soon be lost.

Delhi traffic police have decided to build central verges (concrete dividers) on some prominent roads that cut through New Delhi area.

Senior traffic police officials said motorists often stray into the other carriageway, leading to gridlock and even accidents. Last year, 33 fatal accidents took place on the city’s roads that don’t have a median. The concrete dividers will help reduce the number of accidents.

“It has now become imperative to confine motorists to their respective lanes,” joint commissioner of police (traffic) S.N. Shrivastava said.

The officer said they were going to start with radial roads of C-hexagon (India Gate).

“We have already told New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the road-owning agency, to provide concrete dividers on Copernicus Marg, Purana Quila Road, Akbar Road and Kasturba Gandhi Marg,” said Shrivastava.

According to an NDMC official, these dividers would be not more than one-foot in width.

Officials said similar concrete dividers would be constructed on some more roads including Teen Murti Marg and the remaining stretch of Mother Teresa Crescent.

Stretches like Ashoka Road, Sardar Patel Road, parts of Race Course Road, Vande Mataram Road and parts of Shanti Path already have concrete dividers.

Motorists, however, feel that Lutyens Delhi roads are not wide enough to have a central verge.

“For people living in areas like Dwarka and Gurgaon, Lutyens Delhi roads serve as connecting roads for New Delhi area. Traffic volume on these roads is already very high and constructing dividers would reduce road width leading to more traffic jams,” said Sarvsh Vashishtha (37), a chartered accountant who lives in Dwarka.

Motorists also feel that concrete dividers would destroy the aesthetic appeal of the New Delhi area.

“The beauty of this area is well-paved roads and trees lining them. Concrete dividers would be like a patch on the beauty,” said Deepika Soni, an interior designer.

Road and traffic experts, however, feel that adding a central verge is a good idea to streamline traffic movement and prevent head-on collisions.

“Research says when the number of vehicles per hour goes is more than 4,000, a median is required to segregate traffic otherwise the chances of accident goes up. The median minimises the risk component,” said P.K. Sarkar, professor of transportation cell, School of Planning and Architecture.

“Most of the road fatalities across the country are caused due to head-on collisions on roads without central verge. From the safety point of view, it is always better to have a central verge. The authorities, however, should design the verge intelligently to ensure that the right of way of vehicles does not reduce,” said Nalin Sinha, programme director, Initiative for Transportation and Development Programmes (India).