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It’s back to square one on killer Dwarka flyover

delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2009 23:36 IST
Jatin Anand
Jatin Anand
Hindustan Times
Delhi Development Authority

Six months after being put in place, the Delhi Development Authority's (DDA) safety measures on the two-km-long Dwarka flyover have turned out to be a double-edged sword for commuters.

In March, a biker plummeted to his death — the seventh in a row —after not being able to negotiate a sharp left-turn in the middle of the 20-feet-high flyover.

The accidents prompted the DDA to install thermo-plastic rumble-strips and speed-breakers at various locations.

Six months down the lane, most rumble-strips are either worn out or missing at various places and the stretch that connects 5,00,000 families residing in the sub-city to other parts of the capital may be awaiting another tragedy.

Most daily commuters are concerned about the lack of adequate measures to check speed on the flyover.

"No one follows the 30-km speed limit," complained Ram Kumar (25), a driver.

"Things were better when the speed-breakers were intact. People over-sped, but not to the extent as now," he said.Agreed Sanju Khatri (22), a resident of Sector 11. "The speed breakers pose more of a danger than ensuring safety because they are broken at various places."

"It becomes very difficult to manoeuvre your vehicle on the narrow stretch," he added.

Others felt there was no need for them. "The speed breakers have been placed haphazardly on the flyover and cause huge traffic jams when the frequency of traffic is high," said Vipin Kumar.

Instead of being located on the flyover itself, they should be located at the very beginning, he said. "Why not position a traffic officer near the accident-prone areas of the stretch," he asked," he asked.

S.N Shrivastava, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), said, "Commuters tend to over-speed on Dwarka's roads, since they are slightly better than other roads in the capital."

Shrivastava said the police had deployed mobile interceptor units at various locations to enforce the speed limit.

"The main problem is that of the broken speed-breakers which should be replaced," Shrivastava added.

Delhi Development Authority spokesperson Neemo Dhar said it was the traffic police's job to enforce the speed limit.

"A committee has been entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the rumble strips; they are being replaced when required," Dhar said.