The city’s roads continue to be claim lives despite the traffic police claiming that they have identified the 10 most accident-prone spots and have deployed men there to regulate traffic.
Data released by the traffic police for the last six years — from 2011 to 2016 — shows that road accidents have gone up from 971 in 2011 to 1201 in 2016. That amounts to almost 23% increase in accidents since 2011.
A total of 2,855 people have died in road accidents on Gurgaon roads between January 2011 and April 2017. A large number of pedestrians and two-wheeler riders have lost their lives at these killer points.
The spots and stretches identified by the traffic police include Narsinghpur village expressway, Kherki Daula toll on the expressway, Bilaspur Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk, Khandsa bus stand, Sidhrawali village Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Iffco Chowk, Panchgaon Chowk, and Binola exit.
The most dangerous of these 10 is the Narsinghpur village expressway where 42 fatal accidents were recorded between 2001 and April 2017. This is followed by the Kherki Daula toll on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway that saw 38 fatal accidents.
The main reason for accidents at these two spots is faulty road engineering, the traffic police said. The traffic police said the sudden entry of vehicles on to the highway from link roads often leads to accidents.
The police have identified the other causes as jaywalking, over-speeding and driving on the wrong lane.
“There are a number of problems because of which accidents can take place on high-speed roads such as the expressway. One reason can be because the curve of the road is not right. When cars take a turn on these curves, it may lead to accidents,” said Amit Bhatt, head of integrated urban transport at EMBARQ India.
“Another reason can be the super elevation of a road. There is also a geometric problem that has to be kept in mind which can lead to construction issues. There has to be proper execution of planning when the roads are being built. When designing a road, two things need to be kept in mind — movement and safety. A balance has to be struck between the two,” he said.
Among the other dark spots, Bilaspur Chowk saw 38 accidents, Hero Honda Chowk 36, Khandsa Bus Stand 35, Sidhrawali Village 35, Rajiv Chowk 34, Panchgoan Chowk 32, Binola exit 30 and Iffco Chowk 27.
Recent incidents, like the one last month in which an excise duty officer’s head was severed from his body on the Iffco chowk flyover, reflect the severity of these accidents.
In another accident on Thursday, two persons died when a Renault Duster collided with a small pick-up vehicle near Leisure Valley Park.
“When the frequency of accidents at some spots is more we diagnose the problem in that area and try to rectify it. Reasons vary from speeding to jumping a red light and driving on the wrong side of the road. At times, it may be due to the structure of the road as well. Traffic police are doing whatever they can to prevent accidents. Other government agencies such as the Haryana urban development authority (Huda) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) also play a role in it,” said Balbir Singh, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).