Following three accidents on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway in less than a week, the traffic police has decided to take strict action against violators. The police are also likely to deploy more personnel on the 24.53km six-lane highway.
Three students had died in the accidents, following which many raised concerns over the safety of commuters on the expressway. Though there are no sharp turns on the stretch, the recent accident, in which a four-wheeler overturned, has rattled commuters.
Two of the three accidents were due to speeding and the police also suspect that the drivers were inebriated.
Hi-tech cameras are used to detect instances of speeding. In cases of speeding, the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras capture the registration number of the vehicle.
Sandeep Chandra, the project engineer of Noida authority’s traffic cell, said, “Accidents on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway have decreased drastically since we implemented the intelligent traffic management system (ITMS). Earlier, 60-80 accidents took place every month on an average but after ITMS was installed, the number has dipped to 20-30.”
He said, “The action against motorists who speed on the expressway is swift after we implemented ITMS. However, it is tough to issue a challan in case the vehicle is registered in another state.”
Sources said that the cameras are unable to capture those travelling on the extreme left as it is out of the coverage area.
Senior traffic officials said that the system is fully equipped to deal with violations and they will deploy more personnel to curb accidents.
The superintendent of police (traffic), Gautam Budh Nagar, Prabal Pratap Singh, said, “There is already a deployment of PCR vans on the expressway. We can increase deployment of personnel to keep a manual check on violations. Police presence will force commuters to stick to the speed limits.”
He said that all necessary measures and precautionary measures, such as issuing e-challans through ITMS, putting caution signs at every 100- 200 metres etc, are in place. However, accidents are bound to happen if commuters are not following the basic traffic rules, he said.
“One of the major causes of accidents is tyre bursts. People travelling on longer routes should use nitrogen-filled tyres, in which the pressure is stable. All toll plazas on the expressway have nitrogen filling stations,” he said.
On February 22, Kartik Pal Singh Negi, 21, of Amity University, died after he lost control of his car and rammed the road divider while negotiating a bend near Sector 126. On the same night, another student, Paras Ahluwalia, 20, of Sharda University, died in an accident near Sector 144 on the expressway around 3.30am.
Both the accidents were caused due to speeding.
Mohammed Yasin, who was on a Swift Dzire on the expressway during the accident, also crashed following the crash of the Sharda University student’s vehicle. Yasin said, “They zoomed past me at more than 100kmph, and did a sharp manoeuvre, hitting the front side of my car. The driver of the SUV lost control after that.”
On February 26, an MBBS student of Sharda University was killed and another critically injured after the driver lost control of the vehicle on the expressway near Sector 150. According to the police, the accident took place between 11.30pm and midnight. Shubham Nag, 23, died and another, Aaryan Dhillon, 25, was critically injured. The vehicle skidded due to loose gravel on the road.
Senior traffic police officials said that accidents on the stretch mainly take place due to speeding and improper switching of lanes. “Many drivers do not abide the traffic rules. It’s a smooth way and accidents take place due to some technical aspects. For instance, when a person is shifting lanes, he/she has to take the gap into consideration,” a senior official said.