Maintaining traffic discipline in a metropolis like Mumbai, which sees 350 new vehicles added to the streets daily, is certainly not easy.
While motorists and bikers complain of authorities’ callousness as they manoeuvre their way through pothole-ridden roads, they don’t think twice before speeding on smooth roads, thus increasing chances of accidents.
Despite its staff shortage, the traffic police have taken steps to prevent accidents. The department has increased vigilance to keep a check on drunk motorists. Surprise checks are being conducted across the city to prevent speeding.
The problem, experts say, lies in the design of the roads. Urban planners say faulty structures and uneven slopes lead to most mishaps in the city. The traffic police blame the lack of illumination and unavailability of road signage. But the fact remains that lack of co-ordination between the agencies responsible for maintaining roads is putting citizens’ lives at risk.
Even as the roads are mismanaged, the BMC is in the middle of a multi-crore scam. During the inspection of 14 roads from the island city, 11 from the western suburbs and nine from the eastern suburbs, the BMC-appointed inquiry team found massive irregularities in road repair and reconstruction work, as the foundation of the roads was not according to the standard and the quality of work was shoddy.
We look at these roads and give a solution so lives in the city are not lost to bad roads, speed and reckless driving.