Over the past one year, Delhi’s lifeline — the Ring Road — has turned out to be one of the major killer stretches as well. The 40-km stretch saw 190 accidents this year till December 15, claiming 206 lives.
Of the 206 deaths on Ring Road, 76 were pedestrians. Most of the deaths occurred at six spots on Ring Road.
Strict prosecution for violation of traffic norms could not make any difference on this corridor. Last year, this stretch saw over 200 fatal accidents. Ring Road covers 40 km and is almost signal-free. The road has three to four lanes in each direction and covers almost all major parts of the city. The death toll on Ring Road has rung alarm bells in the traffic police, which have initiated a scientific probe to identify the pockets and reasons of fatal accidents. The probe will be over within a couple of weeks.
“We have already identified the stretches where pedestrians mostly get killed. People are highly vulnerable to accidents on Ring Road due to lack of pedestrian facilities. We are trying to figure out the specific reasons behind these accidents,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic). These include the New Moti Nagar Flyover-Britania Flyovers stretch, Raja Garden Flyover-Mayapuri Flyover stretch, Barar Square, Dhaula Kuan Flyover-Moti Bagh Flyover stretch, Captain Gaur Marg-Ashram Chowk stretch, Hanuman Setu and Old Yamuna Bridge crossing-New ISBT Flyover stretch.
These stretches — some highly congested — have hardly any pedestrian signals or crossover facilities, said a senior traffic police officer. The police have so far identified one reason for pedestrians getting killed in road accidents on the Ring Road. Homeless people sleep on the roads and get crushed under the wheels of speeding vehicles at night.
“Once we complete our probe, we will install pedestrian signals at strategic locations and recommend the foot-over bridge (FOB) committee under principal secretary of Public Works Department to install FOBs at some accident-prone locations. We will also identify places that will need other pedestrian facilities like footpaths and walkways,” said Garg.
During the probe, the traffic police will also find out the stretches where motorists got killed in large number and subsequently may demand for installation of traffic signals.