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Greater Noida-Yamuna Expressway is also bikers' favourite haunt

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Noida/Greater Noida, July 28, 2013
First Published: 19:02 IST(28/7/2013) | Last Updated: 08:42 IST(29/7/2013)

Wide expressways always excite automobile enthusiasts and their mean machines but it has also claimed many lives in last few years.

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Delhi NCR being the hub of imported vehicles is also home to several superbikes and sports car. One can easily spot 1000 cc motorbike or high performance sports car cruising on DND and Expressway which are among the best roads in the region.

But the Noida-Greater Noida expressway has also turned into a death trap for many enthusiasts.

On September 2012, a Delhi-based motorcyclist Kunal Bhatia who was riding Harley Davidson cruiser died in an accident on Noida-Greater Noida expressway.

According to his fellow bikers, he saw a pothole on the road and tried skipping it in when he lost control. His bike hit the central verge and his head collided with the divider. Bhatia had received multiple fractures in head as his helmet was crushed in the accident.

Automobile enthusiasts have also complained of poor medical/ trauma facilities on these expressways. "No one can avert accidents but it should be ensured by the authorities to deploy ambulance on either side of the expressway which should be equipped to deal with accidental cases. Unfortunately there is no ambulance or PCR vans on the expressway," said another super biker Tarun Prakash.

But there are some bikers going full throttle on expressway in the absence of police force on the entire stretch. With no one to enforce traffic rules, the stretch plays host to rich kids from Delhi illegally racing their superbikes and sports cars.

Another tragic incident took place on November 2007, when two final-year MBA students of a Delhi institute were killed in the morning while racing on their high-power sports motorcycle with at least a dozen other youths on the Noida-Greater Noida expressway.

The student riding the motorcycle, Sanjiv Raj (22), was killed on the spot after being thrown at least 15 metre away as the bike hit a culvert. Pillion rider Amit Chopra (23), died later in Noida's Kailash Hospital.

Noida police claims people come from Delhi to race here, usually doing 47-km-long races - going back and forth on the 23.5-km-long expressway. The bikes used are imported. The racers have formed clubs, and keep changing their timings.

On March 31, 2008, 23-year-old Gurpreet Singh was arrested for rash and negligent driving after he performed a stunt on his bike on the Greater Noida expressway.

Police claimed Gurpreet wanted to set a record for India's longest 'wheelie' and so he rode his bike on the rear wheel for 12 kilometre on the expressway.

Noida police tries to keep a check on such bikers but they fail to chase these mean machines.

There are some high speed lovers who vroom their mean machine flouting traffic rules. Recently Noida police stopped a Mercedes driver at Jewar toll plaza on the Yamuna Expressway which was running at a speed of 216 km/hr.

The control room noticed the speed of the car and stopped the car to fine him. He was fined Rs. 300 as first time challan, but the driver of the car paid Rs. 500 instead pleading the cops not to delay him as he had to win Rs. 10,000 bet by reaching Agra in an hour.

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