Expressing its concern on the number of accidents taking place on Delhi-Gurgaon expressway, Gurgaon deputy commissioner Deepti Umashankar has asked the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) as well as concessionaire firm DS Constructions to take necessary steps to check expressway deaths. The district administration also warned DSC and NHAI officals of strict action if they failed to heed the direction.
Hindustan Times has consistently adressed the issue of lack of safety of commuters on the expressway.
Umashankar wrote to the project director of NHAI that the district administration had observed the rate of accidents on NH-8 had increased due to flouting road safety measures.
According to the letter, concessionaire DS Construction was not adhering to the concession agreement wherein it has been prescribed safety and traffic management would be attended to satisfactorily by the concessionaire to ensure safety of road- users throughout the concession period. As per the agreement, the concessionaire shall operate and maintain the project highway so as to permit safe, smooth and uninterrupted flow of traffic during normal operating conditions.
Further, as per Schedule-W, slow moving vehicles like Scooters, Motorcycles, cycle, Rickshaw, animal and tractor drawn vehicles were barred from plying on the main carriage way but the concessionaire and NHAI were unable to control the prohibited vehicles properly which were the major cause of accidents. The Deputy Commissioner also highlighted the duty of concessionaire under Clause 18.1 (Operation and Maintenance) and schedule L in which he has to ensure safety to the road users. The administration has also warned if the issue was not addressed immediately then it would be forced to resort to its own course of administrative action.