The Delhi Transport Department’s decision to withdraw the fleet of Blueline buses from the Capital’s roads have proved to be a blessing in disguise for the commuters. Reason: The number of accidents has considerably come down.
Besides, lane restrictions and strict enforcement of traffic laws have also helped bring down the number of accidents. With a seemingly impregnable cover of paramilitary officers watching an average Delhiite’s almost each and every move, the roads have certainly become safer.
“Although a period of a mere fortnight isn’t enough to come to a conclusion, major differences have been observed since the beginning of this month. In the past 25 years, the best road discipline among the Capital’s commuters has been observed from October 1 to 12,” said Satyendra Garg, Joint CP (traffic).
According to the Delhi Police, while the total number of accidents has dropped from a daily average of 22 to 14, the number of fatal accidents has seen a decline of five cases — coming down from a daily average of seven to a negligible figure of two accidents per day.
“There is heavy police presence on the streets, prompting motorists to be more careful. The absence of Blueline buses and Heavy Transport Vehicles (HTVs) seems to have contributed in making the streets safer,” said Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi Police.
Police said Blueline buses were behind at least one fatal accident in every two days.
While 151 people were crushed to death by Blueline buses in 2007, 122 persons lost their lives to the killer fleet in 2008. More than 117 fatal Blueline accidents were reported in 2009.
“The DTC bus fleet is certainly more disciplined than their private counterpart. Moreover, with the Delhi Metro having opened two more lines, more and more people have started travelling by public transportation,” Garg said.
He added that a sizeable population of Delhiites, who decided to leave for a holiday during the Games, has also helped.