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Scientific ways bring down road fatalities

Measures taken to bring down deaths on one of the most accident-prone roads in Delhi start showing results in the first quarter of 2012.

delhi Updated: Apr 22, 2012 01:29 IST
Subhendu Ray
Subhendu Ray
Hindustan Times

Though Delhi Police's aim to keep death toll in road accidents below 2,000 in 2011 could not be achieved, the measures taken to curb such incidents have shown positive results during the first three-and-a-half months of 2012.

Data for such accidents till April has shown a steep decline in fatal accidents. Some of the killer stretches have shown 60-70 per cent dip in deaths on the road during the period.

Four important roads —Mathura Road, Road Number 56 (in east Delhi), GT Karnal Road and National Highway 24 — had registered a steep hike in road deaths in 2011. Some strategic measures taken by the police and the civic agencies have, however, turned these killer roads safer for motorists as well as the pedestrians.

The steps include intensifying traffic regulation and prosecutions for violations such as dangerous driving and lane jumping, installation of pedestrian facilities such as pedestrian bridges, pedestrian signals and zebra crossing and speed calming and rumble strips at strategic points to restrict vehicular speed.

In January, the traffic police had conducted a scientific survey to identify the specific reasons for road deaths on 20 killer stretches in Delhi. These include Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, GT Karnal Road, Mathura Road and Road Number 56 among others.

"Based on the findings we have started taking measures based on requirements. This initiative — some at our level and some with the help of civic agencies — have already started yielding results," said Satyendra Garg, joint commissioner of police (traffic).

Citing example, police said, most of the road accidents on Mathura Road involve commercial vehicles. On the other hand, speeding vehicles and lack of pedestrian facilities were main reasons behind road accidents on Road Number 56, which is a signal free corridor.

On GT Karnal Road police have identified that Sarup Nagar and Bankoli are the two points where vehicular speed needs to be arrested to ease the movement of vehicles as well as pedestrian on the both carriageways.

On NH 24, accidents mostly occur due to speeding by commercial vehicles and lack of pedestrian facilities.

"Scientific changes in the road engineering and controlling speeding by vehicles can significantly reduce accidents on many roads in Delhi. In April 2010, ministry of road transport had issued a circular to take scientific engineering measures on roads across the country. But compliance to that direction was not adequate," said KK Kapila, chairman of International Road Federation.

First Published: Apr 21, 2012 23:53 IST