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Simple steps make deadly NH1 stretch a safer place to drive

delhi Updated: Apr 10, 2012 01:37 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times
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National capital's killer corridor, GT Karnal Road on National Highway 1, has become a safe stretch for motorists as well as the pedestrians during the past three months.

This, according to Delhi Police, has been made possible due to some engineering measures on the 16-km road.

The stretch that had registered 60% rise in fatal road accidents in 2011 from the previous year has shown a vertical decline in road accidents during the first three months of the year, said traffic police.

“Scientific placement of rumble strips, speed calming strips and zebra crossings at two strategic locations by National Highways Authority of India on our proposal has actually done the trick,” said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

The stretch that had registered as many as 25 fatalities during first three months of 2011, has recorded only five deaths during the same period this year.

“Interestingly there has not been any pedestrian death so far on the stretch,” Garg added.

“Through a scientific survey we have identified that Saroop Nagar and Bankoli are the two strategic points where vehicular speed needs to be arrested to ease the movement of vehicular as well as pedestrian traffic on the both carriageways,” he said.

The NHAI has taken these measures to restrict vehicular speed on the accident-prone corridor which has only two traffic signals.

Rumble strips would bring down vehicular speed to a certain extent on both directions at these two non-signalled intersections.

A little ahead when motorists may intend to again accelerate, calming strips would further slow them down so that pedestrians may cross through zebra crossings placed ahead of the speed calming strips.

KK Kapila, chairman of International Road Federation, a global forum that promotes the development and maintenance of roads, pointed to the lack of compliance with the directions by the ministry of road and transport in this regard.

“In April 2010, ministry of road transport had issued a circular to take scientific engineering measures to reduce fatalities on roads across the country. But unfortunately compliance to that direction was not adequate,” he said.

He suggested that such measures should be taken to reduce fatalities on other accident-prone stretches of Delhi immediately.

The Delhi Police would also place infra-red speed camera to catch speeding vehicles on the stretch.

The camera that would be able to capture photographs of speeding vehicles during day and night would be installed within two months, police said.