The death of a 65-year-old resident of Baliali village in SAS Nagar a speeding Honda car hit him on the busy Airport Road on Wednesday has brought to the fore the authorities’ failure to enforce speed limit of 60 km per hour for four-wheelers on the stretch. The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has fixed this limit with it being capped at 20 kmph near Gurdwara Singh Shaheedan at Sohana.
Thus, ten people have lost their lives over the past eight months. Barring some barricades that have been set up near Udham Singh Colony, no PCR van or policemen are deployed. There are signs depicting maximum speed, yet motorists speed as there in no check.
The police do not have speed radars and alcometers in adequate number. The only speed radar is used on the Zirakpur-Lalru road.
Residents of localities on either side of the road break the dividers to gain access, increasing the risk of mishap manifold.
‘Will intensify challaning drives’
“We will increase the frequency of challaning drives on this road,” said SAS Nagar (SP traffic) Harbir Singh Atwal.
Two black spots
The MC has failed to construct flyovers that will make the stretch ‘crossing-free’. As a result, the Mauli traffic light and the Semi Conductor Ltd Chowk have emerged as black spots. In December 2015, it was decided to install 105 CCTVs at 24 points, but implementation has lagged.