A lesser number of commuters may have lost their lives on Delhi streets so far this year — but more than a quarter of these accidents occurred on 10 crucial highways.
A number of those who lost their lives were either pedestrians or two-wheeler drivers.
“While the number of fatal accidents dropped from 2,029 to 1,934 this year, those for the period between December 1 and 15 reduced to 72 from 75,” maintained Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).
However, a closer analysis reveals that 80% of the fatalities were of pedestrians and two-wheeler drivers. As many as 908 pedestrians and 645 two-wheeler drivers have died on Delhi roads till Thursday.
“On the GT Karnal Road, also known as National Highway 1, accidents have jumped from just 69 last year to a worrying 108,” said a senior traffic police officer. Sources say the police have written to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) “to do something about the killer stretch”.
Meanwhile, two persons were killed and seven were injured in several accidents reported from Noida and Gurgaon.
Gurgaon witnessed its first death since the onset of winter in Badshahpur area due to dense fog. “A school bus hit a scooter, killing a woman. Her son was seriously injured,” said an officer.
In Noida’s Sector 40, a vehicle overturned after a collision on the Noida Expressway. In another incident a truck overturned after ramming into a road divider in sector 82.
Around 2am in the Badalpur Industrial area, a truck rammed into a car, killing one person and injuring two and a biker was mowed down on DND Flyway.
With inputs from Kapil Datta in Noida and Sanjeev K Ahuja in Gurgaon