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Poor pedestrian facilities claimed 199 lives in 2011

india Updated: Jan 31, 2012 01:30 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

Last year, Gurgaon district witnessed 411 road accident deaths, out of which 199 were pedestrians, which is almost half of the total number of deaths.

The two-wheeler drivers followed the number with 139 deaths, traffic police data says. Taking into account the magnitude of the problem, the concerned civic agencies have not paid any heed to the requests for adequate pedestrian safety measures.

The maximum number of pedestrians killed was on NH-8 where 91 people died. Other deaths took place on the stretch from Rajiv Chowk to Rojka Mev (Sohna Road) where 39 fell victim to road accident out of which 14 were pedestrians.

Pataudi Road reported 18 deaths of which eight were pedestrians. Sohna Ballabgarh Road has seven deaths to its credit among which three were pedestrians. The data shows that only 22 cyclists were killed and 139 two-wheelers lost their lives in fatal accidents last year. “Crumbling road, non-functioning traffic signals, shortage of traffic police staff and lack of Zebra crossing for the pedestrians have been some of the main reasons for these accidents. Several lives can be saved if such facilities are provided on the road,” said a senior traffic police official.

Approximately 10 lakh vehicles ply on the city roads every day and around 50,000 new vehicles are registered in a year. To cater to the swelling traffic, the city requires 23 subways, 20 flyovers, 17 parking lots and AIIMS-style interchanges for smooth flow. Shortage of traffic police personnel also adds to the chaos. There are only 425 policemen in the city to man busy intersections. The city police blame the civic agencies for not providing adequate number of flyovers, underpasses, etc.

Also, the Haryana government and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) are at loggerheads on the issue of cost sharing for additional underpasses and subways required for pedestrian crossover facilities on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway.