Gurgaon: Pedestrians, two-wheeler riders account for maximum road fatalities, reveals data
The analysis of the accident data of the last six years has revealed that the total number of deaths on Gurgaon roads in the last six years was 2,968. Of these, 2,043 were either pedestrians or two-wheeler riders.gurgaon Updated: Aug 07, 2017 21:26 IST
Pedestrians and two-wheeler riders are the worst sufferers on Gurgaon roads as speeding SUVs and commercial vehicles dominate carriageways, an analysis of accident data for the last six years reveals.
Experts say most Gurgaon roads are designed for high-speed travel and are not conducive for non-motorised traffic.
The analysis of the accident data of the last six years has revealed that the total number of deaths on Gurgaon roads in the last six years was 2,968. Of these, 2,229 were either pedestrians or two-wheeler riders.
Of the 257 deaths in 2017 (till July-end), 187 were pedestrians. Likewise, in 2016, of the total 420 deaths, 319 were pedestrians and two-wheeler riders.
In 2015, the total number of fatalities was 435, of whom 319 were pedestrians and two-wheeler riders.
In 2014, of the total 430 fatalities, 330 were pedestrians and two-wheeler riders, while in 2013, they accounted for 380 out of 487. In 2012, it was 343 out of 477, and in 2011 it was 352 out of 462.
Experts said the reason for two-wheeler users and pedestrians are dying on Gurgaon roads is because the roads are primarily designed for cars and heavy vehicles with little or no space given to two-wheelers and non-motorised traffic.
The data also revealed that intersections on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and on the National Highway-248, beyond Kherki Daula toll plaza, are the most accident-prone.
“The roads are designed for car users and focus is on moving vehicles quickly. There is no thought given to movement of pedestrians and cyclists. As a result, there are a large number of conflict points across the city and the maximum of them are on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway and the national highway,” said Amit Bhatt, director, World Resources Institute, India, an NGO working for sustainable development.
Experts further said that due to poor conflict management on roads, the intersection and highways end up being black spots (accident-prone areas).
The lack of proper traffic enforcement on the city roads is another reason for a high number of fatal accidents recurring at the black spots, Bhatt said.
Gurgaon traffic police had blamed enforcing on scarcity of staff. It said a three-pronged strategy — road engineering, education and enforcement — will be adopted to reduce accidents and fatalities.
“A major initiative is being planned to make motorists aware that the first ‘right of way’ on roads belongs to pedestrians and cyclists and it must be respected. Changing the mindset and behaviour of roads users is necessary,” said Simardeep Singh, DCP, traffic.
Citing an example of Narsingpur village on Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway, Singh said most deaths happen here when pedestrians try to jaywalk through the high-speed traffic even when there is a foot overbridge just 300 metres away.
“We have asked National Highways Authority of India to install grills at this point and at all black spots. In the days to come, Gurgaon will see better enforcement and road design changes,” the traffic police chief said.