Yuvraj Limje (19) and Venkatesh Rahul, working at a company at Nariman Point, took the JJ flyover to return home on Thursday despite the ban on two-wheelers on the flyover.
Limje, who was driving, was sleepy after his night shift. He lost control of the bike at the curve at the flyover. Thrown off the bike, Limje and Rahul suffered minor injuries.
The police said Limje was speeding, but he is not the only one who travels on the flyover in spite of the ban.
Passerbys, residents and activists say two-wheeler riders continue to use the flyover. Non-governmental organisations (NGO) said bikers use the flyover when there is no supervision between 9 am and 9 pm.
The ban has been attracting opposition since day one.
“The ban is pointless, The traffic police had imposed the ban claiming that two-wheelers speed on the flyover after peak hours and are thus prone to accidents,” said Mubin Solkar, advocate and president of the NGO, IMPACT, that has filed a public interest litigation in the high court against the ban.
Thursday’s accident occurred minutes before the IMPACT started a signature campaign in which 3,000 two-wheeler riders said they wanted the ban lifted.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Sanjay Barve, said the traffic police will not lift the ban. “We are placing rumblers, cat eye blinkers and speed arresters, and are also trying to straighten the curves by placing barricades on the sides,” Barve said.
He said drivers tend to negotiate these bends at high speeds, resulting in accidents due to loss of control or scraping the divider. He said these measures were being taken for four-wheelers and to get ready for the rains.
The traffic police’s annual report that Hindustan Times has accessed says in the last five years out of 2,474 accidents across the city, 335 involved two-wheelers killing more than 71 people including the riders.
On JJ flyover alone, 31 people have been killed and 66 injured in the last five years with 90 per cent of these being two-wheeler riders.