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Ball in NHAI’s court to prevent accidents

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon, June 19, 2011
First Published: 00:42 IST(19/6/2011) | Last Updated: 00:45 IST(19/6/2011)

The Gurgaon traffic police are stepping up efforts to prevent accidents on National Highway 8. They have written to the project director of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), asking to install railings on NH-8.

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According to the traffic police, more than a hundred pedestrians have died while crossing the highway because the railings on the divider were either missing or worn out.

“We have observed that there is heavy traffic from Rajeev Chowk to Hero Honda Chowk, near Khandsa tempo stand. Even surrounding areas see heavy traffic movement. But what is common at all these places is that the railings on the dividers are missing,” said Bharti Arora, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).

“So pedestrians cross the road without thinking twice about safety,” added Arora.

According to the traffic police, several letters were sent in the past to NHAI but no action has been taken. A senior NHAI official said the Authority will solve the problem soon.

At least 400 people have died in accidents on NH-8 last year. The traffic police blame civic agencies for poor maintenance of roads.

Other factors for the rise in accidents include poor road design, absence of safety measures such as road crossings and lack of a proper road-engineering concept.

This year alone, at least 113 accidents were reported since January and 125 people have died. During the same period last year, 136 people died in 128 cases of accidents. The traffic police want the NHAI to act without further delay.


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