The city saw 332 road accidents, which led to 181 fatalities, in the first four months of the year itself. This is the highest figure for this period since 2012, according to data from the Ghaziabad traffic police.
For the period from January to April, the number of accidents on Ghaziabad’s roads from 2012 to 2015 stood at 295, 276, 281 and 241 respectively.
“We will have to look into the matter. We have no specific analysis of the increased number of accidents, but we will analyse the rise soon,” said Rajesh Kumar, superintendent of police (traffic) at Ghaziabad.
The number of those killed in road accidents in the first four months of the year too stands at the highest since 2012. The road fatalities in various accidents stand at 130, 134, 126 and 98 in different road accidents from 2012 to 2015 respectively.
The city has several highly accident-prone areas where such incidents are witnessed frequently. These include Arthala near Mohan Nagar, Ardhana crossing near Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, National Highway (NH) 24, NH58, Grand Trunk (GT) Road, Ganga canal cut at Murad Nagar and Pasonda culvert cut next to the Hindon airbase, among others.
“There are several illegal cuts, lack of high raised dividers and heavy pedestrian movement on the GT Road and national highway areas that makes them unsafe. Parked trucks and autos also lead to frequent accidents on NH58 and NH24 areas,” said Nishant Sinha, a daily commuter.
“There is a high prevalence of driving on the wrong side of the road in most parts of the city. This also leads to accidents. Heavy vehicles too drive at high speeds. There seems to be no concern among drivers about traffic rules and regulations,” said Alok Kumar from the Federation of apartment owners’ association (FedAOA), Indirapuram.
On their part, traffic police officials said they have undertaken several measures at different places in the city that have led to smooth movement of traffic on the roads and that will also keep a check on the number of accidents.
“We made Mohan Nagar, Site 4 industrial area and the busy Bhopra crossings signal-free with the help of cemented barriers. Recently, the chaotic ABES cut on NH24 was also made signal-free. We carry out frequent drives against vehicles parked on roadsides and against those flouting road safety norms. These are done in a bid to curb accidents,” said Anil Kumar, traffic inspector.