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'Hole' story: It's a long road to hell

india Updated: Jan 09, 2012 00:43 IST
HT Correspondent

Accidents kill more people in the Millennium City than crime. While 400 people lost their lives in road mishaps in 2011, only 83 had fallen prey to crimes.

The statistics tell the whole story -there are only 425 policemen to manage traffic in the city, while there are 3,000 cops to take care of law and order.

A recent survey conducted by Hindustan Times and market research firm C-fore revealed that nearly 72% residents complained of poor traffic and road safety measures in the city.

Although Gurgaon is home to hundreds of multi-national companies and IT firms, the traffic situation in the city is not encouraging.

Approximately 1 million vehicles ply daily on city roads and around 50,000 new vehicles are registered every year. Despite the unabated rise in vehicular pressure, the authorities have failed to expand the road network that immediately requires 23 subways, 20 flyovers, 17 parking lots and cloverleaf interchanges for the smooth flow of traffic, according to a survey.

The absence of signboards, crater-like potholes, traffic congestion amid non-functioning signals, poor traffic management and increasing numbers of road accidents have become synonymous with Gurgaon.

Also, commuters feel unsafe while commuting on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway which is emerging as a death trap amid increasing number of accidents. Heavy vehicles parked along the highway have been a nuisance for long. Moreover, the police have failed to instill lane discipline among drivers.

Data provided by the city traffic police itself has confirmed that most pedestrians have lost their lives while crossing roads in the absence of basic facilities such as foot-over bridges and subways.

The city administration, however, says it is not a case of ignorance.

"We are serious about the lapses. We have forwarded recommendations to the concerned departments. However, a lot of work needs to be done as the city has emerged as a business hub. Lot of infrastructure work has to be done as a top priority," said PC Meena, Gurgaon deputy commissioner.

But, in most cases, the lack of coordination among the concerned agencies leaves commuters miserable amid a continuous blame game involving the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), the MCG, the traffic police and the NHAI.

When asked about the lack of coordination, Meena said, "We all are independent units and have our own responsibilities to fulfill. The city will get a solution for traffic-related problems soon."