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No safety first on roads, 341 dead in six months

india Updated: Jul 08, 2010 01:36 IST
Sanjeev K. Ahuja

Road safety is another major concern on Gurgaon's roads. 341 people have died in various road accidents between January and June in Gurgaon this year.

That means, 57 accidents a month in a city where peak-hour traffic moves at 10-15 km per hour and non-peak hour at 30-40 km per hour.

In some areas such as DLF Cybercity, traffic moves at 2-3 kmph in peak hours. On weekdays, traffic goes choc-a-bloc across the city.

Most accidents take place on the Gurgaon Expressway that lacks adequate pedestrian facilities such as footover bridges and subways.

Around 55 pedestrians and 43 two/three wheeler riders were killed since January 2008 on the expressway.

While there is no enforcement of law to check over-speeding vehicles on the Gurgaon Expressway, traffic crawls at snail pace on its narrow two-lane service roads.

Knowing well the fact that traffic menace is more serious a problem in Gurgaon where there have been more accidental deaths (341) than murders (39) till June this year, the police have decided to increase the strength of its traffic wing from 300 to 400 soon.

crawling on the expressway

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