Potholes that pop-up almost everywhere, debris strewn on the main road, heavy construction equipment blocking an entire carriageway, moody street lights and high tension wires that fall on the unsuspecting — the list of hazards that pedestrians and bikers have to endure on the UP Link Road is endless.
"It seems as if the entire stretch is going to be under construction forever. A single drive to or from Noida is enough to convince that you're travelling through a war zone. It is due to the never-ceasing construction work that the UP Link Road has borne witness to some of the most bizarre incidents in the past year," said a senior police officer.
On April 8, a 62-year-old morning walker bled to death after being mowed down by a speeding businessman's BMW on NH 24 near the Akshardham temple. Even during the Commonwealth Games, three traffic police officers suffered injuries after being on the wrong side of road accidents on the high security blue lane.
"Not just normal road accidents, the stretch has borne witness to many, many accidents due to the perpetual state of construction that it is under. The most bizarre being deaths due to electrocution months before rains and a majority of normal road accidents due to water-logging in the run-up to the Games," the officer said.On March 22, an auto driver was electrocuted and a passenger injured when a high tension electric wire fell on his vehicle near a metro station near the Mayur Vihar Phase-1 metro station at 11.10pm. The incident saw four electric poles coming crashing down.
Given the area's proximity to the Noida border, never-ending construction work, free movement of manual labourers, and lack of proper street-lighting and debris-strewn topography provides refuge to criminal elements and is infamous for crime.
"The whole stretch becomes very unsafe after 10pm, especially for women and bikers. Due to faulty lighting and the confusion that commuters have to routinely experience, muggings and snatching attempts are almost daily occurrences there," the officer added.
On May 2, two motorcycle-borne men opened fire and snatched chains from two women coming out of the Mayur Vihar Phase I metro station at 2:15pm.