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Jam-packed 2009

delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2010 23:30 IST
Vijaita Singh
Vijaita Singh
Hindustan Times
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Do you think Delhi's roads have become almost impossible to navigate?

Well, there definitely has been a jump in the number of traffic jams from 2008 to 2009.

Last year, 1,200 more traffic jams were reported than in 2008. The jams, on an average, were 18 per day.

But what harassed Delhiites even more were the Blueline buses and auto rickshaws.

If the police got 6,729 complaints about traffic jams in 2009, another 7,927 calls were received for help against Blueline buses and auto rickshaws, according to the records available with Delhi Police.

“Every day, more than 1,000 vehicles are added to the city’s roads. A traffic cop cannot be present at all the crossings at all times,” said YS Dadwal, police commissioner recently.

He said plans were afoot to make 1,000 more policemen join the traffic police in few days.

In 2009, 117 fatal accidents involving Blueline buses were reported and 1,791 buses were impounded.

If all policemen were posted 24 hours on duty, then there would be one traffic policeman for every 5.3 kilometres.

Police said they also received 985 calls complaining of bad condition of roads.

Police said during peak hours the traffic help line (23010101) gets 25-30 calls every day.

“Most calls are made from the same area where a jam is reported. We get maximum calls from central Delhi like Connaught Place and ITO,” said a senior police officer.

Police said in 2009 more than 3.5 lakh people were prosecuted for jumping the red light. This was 32 per cent increase from the 2008 figure.

“A motorist in Delhi doesn’t follow traffic rules and whenever they find a policeman is not around, they flout it. A policeman cannot be posted everywhere,” said Dadwal.

Delhi has a road length of 31,183 kilometres and has 65 lakh vehicles on roads everyday.

“Despite 23 per cent of the land area in Delhi dedicated to roads and increase in the road length by 20 per cent since 1996, there has been a considerable drop in the traffic speed and road availability per vehicle,” said the officer.

Police booked 6.43 lakh people for parking their vehicles in an unauthorized manner.