NH-8 turns death trap for residents
The absence of road engineering and faulty road design is the major reason for the high number of accidents in Gurgaon.gurgaon Updated: Jan 20, 2012 01:14 IST
The absence of road engineering and faulty road design is the major reason for the high number of accidents in Gurgaon.
In a bid to reduce fatalities on city roads, the traffic police department has identified 21 accident-prone spots.
According to data, the highest numbers of accidents were reported from various crossings on National Highway No 8.
The Narsinghpur village crossing, Hero Honda Chowk and Naurangpur Mor/Rampura Chowk all witnessed eight accidents each last year.
The other ‘danger zones’ include Kherki Daula toll plaza, Khandsa bus stand, Raj Nagar turning, Parvati Chowk, Panchgaon Chowk, Binola turning, Farrukhnagar bus stand, Kaliawas turning, South City-2 T-point, Sector 55/56 T-point, Octroi Post Number 1 in Sohna, Near Nirvana Country township, Star Mall on NH-8, Manesar bus stand, NSG gate, IMT Chowk, GD Goenka School on Sohna Road and Hajipur village on Sohna-Palwal road.
Faulty road design, which allows commuters to take the wrong side, was blamed for most accidents in the city.
During the survey, the police found an urgent need to develop infrastructure for pedestrian movement at Hero Honda Chowk and Kherki Daula.
The traffic police have also asked the civic departments concerned to look into and find a solution for infrastructure-related problems to improve the situation.
“After examining facts and inputs from various accidents that occurred last year, we have identified these locations, besides feedback from public and vehicle users. The 21 danger zones were identified and we have instructed traffic personnel to intensify vigil in their areas. Strict action will be taken against offences like driving on the wrong side, speeding and illegal turns,” said an official.
“We have decided to put up more signboards on these locations to caution commuters and will emphasise on road repairs wherever necessary to prevent accidents,” the official added.
The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) has also taken some initiatives to fix potholes on various busy roads. While the department plans to use satellite images to identify potholes, it recently hired UK-based Trans Metalite India Limited to repair roads with unique water-resistant chemicals that would increase the life span of roads by two years. Huda also proposes to install a solar power-based intelligent traffic system so that it doesn't stop functioning in the event of a power failure.