With a cloud of haze enveloping the city even before the onset of winter, Gurgaon Expressway authorities have decided to initiate certain safety measures. The move comes in a bid to prevent accidents on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway where visibility drops to zero, making commuters and pedestrians vulnerable.
The expressway management firm, Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL), has decided to install reflective tapes, cat eyes, electronic signals, fog lights and mark lanes to avoid any mishap.
"As the winter season is approaching and the number of accidents goes up every year due to fog, we are going to upgrade our services for commuters. There would be traffic reflectors at a gap of every 25 metres. We are also going to install fog lights on all three toll plazas," said a DGSCL official.
"We have increased the frequency of patrolling at night and early morning. At present, a patrolling team checks the entire stretch every 45 minutes, but during fog, the frequency will be increased to every 30 minutes. Our teams will also help remove stationary vehicles from the expressway," said the DGSCL spokesperson.
Last year, 18 people had lost their lives due to fog-related accidents on the expressway.
According to the police, the ongoing work of marking lanes and installation of electronic signal boards would finish soon. Also, awareness programmes will be undertaken to educate commuters to drive safely and follow traffic rules.
The main problem for the traffic police has always been stationary vehicles which break down on the expressway. To tackle this, the DGSCL has arranged cranes to tow away the vehicles.
"Last year, the expressway operator had inducted four cranes for the entire 27.7-km long expressway which was insufficient. As vehicles move at high speed on the expressway, even a slight delay in removing stationary vehicles could lead to an accident," said a traffic police official.