The traffic police has identified 10 accident-prone areas in the city where major accidents have taken place during past winters and could prove tricky for commuters this year as well.
It would be a challenge for long distance commuters to navigate through the fog on highways and major roads in late night and early morning hours.
Five of the 10 accident-prone areas -- the ALT crossing, Raj Nagar Extension, Abupur Gate in Murad Nagar, KIET college road and Mohan Nagar crossing -- fall on the National Highway-58 from Mohan Nagar towards Meerut.
The other areas are the Indrapuri and Banthla roads in Loni on State Highway-57, the Dasna and Jindal crossings on National Highway-24 and Hapur Chungi.
“These areas have become accident-prone due to broken, low dividers that allows frequent movement of pedestrians on the road, lack of streetlights, parking of commercial vehicles on the road and speeding,” a traffic police officer said.
The traffic police said commuters have to take extra precautions during December and January, when the fog is the densest and visibility is low.
According to the department statistics, 62 and 88 accidents took place in the month of December in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
As many as 61 and 62 accidents took place during January in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The accidents in these four months account for 127 fatalities.
“We are writing to the development and civic agencies for small infrastructure changes at these points. These include cementing the broken dividers, installing blinkers, painting the white strip along the sides of the road and replacement of defunct streetlights. A meeting is also scheduled in this regard, after the panchayat elections,” said Amar Singh, superintendent of police (traffic).
“Apart from this, we will also deploy our traffic personnel at sensitive crossings within the city limits. On highways, we will increase patrolling to curb parking of commercial vehicles on the roads, which result in major accidents,” he said.
The city police said they were also gearing up to curb incidents of crime on major roads and highways.
“We will be placing several checkpoints on highways and will also depute 10 PCR vans, every 2.5km. The PCR vehicles will also prove helpful in providing immediate help to accident victims,” said Dr Ajay Pal, superintendent of police (city).
The city limits in Ghaziabad include 25km of highway area and there are nearly 75 PCR vans available to cover the area.