The two-wheeler ban on the JJ Flyover from the midnight of April 1 has not been enforced completely. Although the traffic police have placed barricades and conducted nakabandis, eyewitnesses said that two-wheelers were still riding on the flyover.
Two constables and an officer from the Pydhonie traffic branch have been stationed at both ends of the flyover and signboards asking motorcyclists to avoid the flyover have been put up. “Police on the Nagpada end of the flyover has been successful in stopping all the two-wheelers but at the CST end, the police presence is unable to stop the bikers,” said Sayeed Ismail, a resident of Nagpada.
According to traffic police officers, many bikers are yet not aware of the ban. “Many of the motorcyclists argue with us and but when we stop them sternly, they obey us,” added the traffic official.
The traffic police had enforced the ban after a spate of fatal accidents involving two wheelers. The JJ Flyover has sharp curves that have been accident-prone.
“Two wheeler riders tend to speed at the flyover during lean hours. 23 accidents on the stretch involving two-wheelers resulted in loss of life. The two wheelers riding on the south-bound lane tend to crash into the divider or tumble onto the north bound lane according to our observation,” said Ashok Takalkar, assistant commissioner of police (traffic).
Two-wheeler riders who were stopped by the traffic officials argued that taking a detour would waste their time. “The roads under the flyover are congested and have too many traffic signals. I follow all the rules and also ride at the prescribed speed. So why should I suffer,” said Mehul Mehta, (31), an executive with a bank.
“Two-wheeler riders do not want to use Mohammed Ali Road due to traffic jams and signals. They will face problems initially, but later will get used to it. We are doing it for their own good,” said Takalkar.