More accident zones in city, no ban for now
Although the Mumbai traffic police have identified accident-prone spots across the city, especially for two-wheelers, they have announced a two-wheeler ban only on the JJ flyover.mumbai Updated: Apr 03, 2010 01:10 IST
Although the Mumbai traffic police have identified accident-prone spots across the city, especially for two-wheelers, they have announced a two-wheeler ban only on the JJ flyover.
The sensitive spots on the list of the traffic police are Marine Drive, Bandra Reclamation, Eastern Expressway (Suman Nagar junction, Vikhroli junction etc), Carter Road, Western Expressway among others.
According to the traffic police, in the last five years, JJ Flyover has witnessed the maximum number of fatal accidents involving two wheelers.
"More that 23 two-wheelers have been involved in fatal accidents on the JJ Flyover, which is the highest among the accident prone spots," said Ashok Takalkar assistant commissioner of police (traffic).
When asked whether such a ban could be possible on the other stretches as well, he said that the move has been imposed on the JJ Flyover only after the series of accidents.
"This is just a move and we will have to see whether this ban is effective or else we could alter the rule of banning two-wheelers during lean hours and holidays," said Takalkar.
Although other stretches face a similar problem and we find it difficult and dangerous to stop the motorcyclists but the menace of the bikers is more on the JJ Flyover as it is a continuous stretch without signals or traffic," added Takalkar.
The annual report compiled by the Mumbai Traffic police, that HT has accessed, states that in the past five years of 2,474 accidents in the city 335 involved two-wheelers, killing more than 71 people including the riders.
"We have put barricades and conduct regular nakabandis on the other sensitive stretches to stop the motorcyclists from speeding especially at night and on holidays," added Takalkar.