Delhi has over 100 ‘badly damaged’ roads that may cause fatal accidents.
On October 16, a woman, who was riding pillion on a motorcycle, had died in an accident on Wazirabad Road in northeast Delhi due to the bad condition of the road. The incident prompted the Delhi Traffic Police to identify all damaged and accident-prone roads in the city. The police have identified 112 stretches which are in ‘pathetic condition’ and can cause accidents.
On October 24, the Delhi Police had sent the list of damaged stretches to the NDMC, MCD, PWD, DDA and the NHAI, asking them to repair the roads immediately for the safety of millions of road users. "We wrote to the civic agencies and expect that they would repair these stretches on urgent basis," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
Interestingly, this is not the first time that the police have identified damaged roads and informed the civic agencies urging them to repair the roads on priority. In June, just ahead of monsoons, the police had sent a list of 100 such stretches, which were unfit to drive on, to the respective civic agencies.
Senior traffic police officers said that this time, they will take up the matter with the chief secretary of Delhi if the civic agencies fail to react. “We cannot afford to let people die due to bad roads,” said a police officer. Five of the damaged stretches fall under NDMC’s jurisdiction, while 40 fall under MCD.
However, Jagdish Mamgain, working committee president, MCD, thinks that bad roads are not responsible for accidents. “The police should mind their own business instead of blaming the MCD. Accidents are caused by rash driving not because of bad roads. There are some roads that needs to be repaired and we would repair them soon.”