The traffic police’s list of accident-prone areas has 13 new black spots on it. All 13 black spots are located on national highways - NH-24, NH-91 and NH-58 - that pass through Ghaziabad city.
“The black spots were identified based on a survey carried out with the help of accident data from 2013 to 2015. The list will be forwarded to the traffic headquarters in Lucknow. Apart from identifying the spots, we have also identified the problems that have led to a rise in accidents,” said Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (traffic).
The eight major spots are Lal Kuan intersection (NH-91), Kala Patthar at Indirapuram (NH-24), Mohan Nagar (NH-91), Atma Steels (NH-24), Ganga canal at Murad Nagar (NH-58), ALT crossing (NH-58), Vasundhara crossing (NH-58) and Raj Chopla at Modi Nagar (NH-58) among others.
Police data from 2013 to 2015 shows that Lal Kuan intersection on NH-24 had the highest number of fatalities -- 45. Atma Steels (NH-24) witnessed nearly 27 fatal road accidents. The Karhera exit (NH-91) at Sahibabad also saw 17 major fatal accidents during this period.
A major issue that the traffic police has highlighted is the narrowing of highways in certain places and the presence of illegal exits -- usually made by local residents in places where is the median (road divider) is low.
“The height of dividers at most places is less than a feet. It should be at least four feet. The illegal exits allow vehicles as well as pedestrians to cross over to the other side amid high-speed traffic. Further, casual driving has also led to frequent accidents in black spots. We will approach the development and civic agencies to improve road engineering at such places,” he said.