More than 3,000 bikers want the ban on two-wheelers on JJ flyover to be lifted.
A non-governmental organisation, Indian Mumbaikars for Peace And Community Togetherness (IMPACT), started a signature campaign on Thursday to support its public interest litigation in the high court against the ban filed on April 15.
The PIL seeks quashing of the order of ban on JJ flyover.
For two hours, 25 volunteers stood at the JJ Hospital end of the flyover with placards, banners and a notepad to collect signatures. “We wanted to know the reaction of people,” Advocate and President of IMPACT, Mubin Solkar, said. “This time,
the drive was only for two-wheeler riders, but later we will also ask the general public for its opinion.”
The traffic police had banned two-wheelers on the flyover from April 1, after they observed that the 2.4-km long flyover has seen the largest number of fatal accidents involving two-wheelers.
The traffic police claim two-wheelers often speed and are prone to accidents at three curves on the flyover.
Solkar, however, said the ban is not a solution for the increasing number of accidents on the flyover. “Out of 2,000 people
we asked, only 10 supported the ban. The traffic police have opted for a short cut rather than preventing accidents on the
flyover,” Solkar said. “The traffic police could station constables at the flyover with speed guns. They could impose the
ban after peak hours.”
Two-wheeler riders welcomed Thursday’s campaign. Some even made U-turns to sign the petition. “This ban not only wastes our time but also wastes fuel. Earlier I used to take 15 minutes to reach my child’s school. Now it takes more than 35 minutes,” said Ashfaq Shaikh (35), a Nagpada resident.
The PIL attributes the 23 fatal accidents involving two-wheelers in the last five years to factors like rash driving and the police’s failure in safeguarding the flyover.
The PIL also seeks an inquiry by a senior government officer, not below the rank of Principal Secretary, against officials from the Traffic department, Pydhonie police station and BMC, directly or indirectly responsible for the death of bikers in accidents on JJ flyover.
It seeks action them if found guilty for failure of duty, criminal negligence and culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The PIL is likely to come up for hearing next week.