Twenty-four hours after the deadly accident which resulted in seven deaths, when HT visited the spot on Thursday night, it found the spot shrouded in darkness.
But the accident spot is not alone. It lies within a 12 km-long stretch of Noida- Greater Noida Expressway, which is almost half the length of the 23.5 km long highway, where almost all streetlights were not working, this reporter found.
In this stretch of the expressway, the dark was broken only by sharp headlights of Honda CRVs and Hyundai Accents zipping away regularly at over the permissible 80 km/per hour speed limit. When asked about non-functioning streetlights, Noida police (traffic)’s Superintendent of police Ajai Sahdeo said, “We have complained to the Noida Authority several times but nothing has been done.”
Noida’s Additional Chief Executive Officer P.N. Basham said, “I will look into this problem. No body complained to us about it before.”
Across the stretch, between Sector 132 at Noida and Greater Noida, the series of looming streetlights dotting the
Expressway have not been working for past several months, according to commuter Prakash Verma, a 34-year-old lawyer.
A few witnesses to Wednesday’s accident alleged that low visibility at the spot that is on a sloping curve had contributed to the incident.
Regarding other measures to prevent such accidents, Basham added, “We will consult with our technical team about how to curb speed on the highway.”
SP Sahdeo already has a plan up his sleeve.“We will intensify public awareness regarding the need to adhere to 80 km speed limit by putting up signboards, placards and indicators since speed-breakers cannot be used there,” he said.
Basham said, “We are giving compensation of up to Rs 50,000 to Head Constable K.K. Tyagi and Home Guards Sanjay Singh and Ashok Kumar who died in the accident.”