The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) seems to be waiting for yet another accident on the “faulty” Dwarka-Palam flyover to bring its act together.
On Monday, a team of DDA engineers visited the accident spot and announced corrective measures to put a check on accidents. The team of engineers also put three rumbled strips ahead of the “death spot” in urgency so that the vehicles coming from Dwarka side slow down while negotiating the sharp curvature.
When Hindustan Times visited the flyover again on Tuesday evening it did not notice any progress on what the DDA had done on Monday. While the vehicles coming from Dwarka approached the faulty bend at a dead-slow speed, thanks to the newly installed rumbled strips, vehicles coming from Palam side zip past the other carriageway at a break neck speed.
A lone traffic policeman present at the spot, where videographer Shrikant Sharma had crashed his motorcycle into the sidewall on Monday, was signalling with his hands for vehicles to slow down while negotiating the bend.
Seven people died at the same killer spot in the span of six days. Though no official figures were available, traffic police sources said the number of deaths on Dwarka flyover since it was inaugurated in November 2005 has touched 20.
Interestingly, it was in July 2008 that the Delhi traffic police had asked the DDA to take measures to check speeding and warning motorists of dangerous bends on this flyover.
“There are at least two more dangerous curves along this flyover where speeding two-wheeler riders often lose control. The DDA should also make arrangements to check speeding on those spots too,” said Prem Gupta, a Palam resident.
DDA engineers, however, said they are taking necessary steps to check speeding on Dwarka-Palam flyover. “We are putting more rumbled strips at other spots also. Apart from that we are painting the sidewall with reflective white paint. We are also getting more signage made advising motorists to drive cautiously and warning them of bends ahead,” said a DDA engineer who did not wish to be named.
“We are also contemplating to put iron grill at the point where the motorcyclists fell off the flyover. We will be taking experts opinion to make this stretch as safe for motorists as possible,” he added.
Meanwhile, traffic police on Tuesday challaned 42 vehicles for speeding on the flyover and challaned another 10 for dangerous driving.