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Smart steps cut accidents on Mayapuri stretch by half

delhi Updated: May 28, 2012 00:34 IST
Faizan Haider

The number of accidents in Mayapuri has reduced by 50 per cent, thanks to the smart traffic initiative launched by the local police.

The road near Mayapuri scrap market that leads to Ring Road was prone to accidents. From May 2010 to May 2011, of the 50 people injured on the 3-km stretch, 21 died; while 30 accidents have been witnessed between May 2011 and May 2012. In these 30 accidents, 10 people lost their lives.

In a research carried out by senior Delhi Police officers, it was found that there were many illegal cuts along the central verge of the road, which added to traffic chaos. In May 2011, the police started closing these cuts. The initiative has brought down the number of mishaps to 30 from May 2011 to May 2012. "A study has revealed that there were nine illegal entry and exit points on the stretch. Mostly bikers were involved in mishaps. We took up the issue with the traffic police and requested them to close the cuts," a senior police officer said. U-turn has been created at a less risky location and the initiative has worked well.

"Traffic police staff manage vehicular flow on roads, but we are also doing our bit. As the stretch leads to Ring Road, motorists usually drive at high speed," he added.

Another senior police officer said most of the accidents involved bikes and cars. "Local scrap dealers had created entry points for easy access. We talked to them and managed to close them," he added.