Approach road to airport a death trap

The approach road to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has turned into a death trap for motorists and pedestrians due to dearth of pedestrian facilities and speed-breakers, Faizan Haider reports.
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Updated on Feb 24, 2013 11:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByFaizan Haider, New Delhi

The approach road to Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) has turned into a death trap for motorists and pedestrians due to dearth of pedestrian facilities and speed-breakers.

When the traffic volume is low, most motorists tend to speed, which more often than not ends up in accidents due to the absence of speed-breakers.

The 1.3-km-long recently constructed road, which includes a 360-metre-long tunnel beneath runway 28, makes up a major portion of the airport approach road. Since the road cuts the distance between the domestic terminals of the IGI Airport and Terminal 3, people heading for the airport prefer it.

But the flip side is that as per the Delhi Police records, 23 accidents took place on this road in 2011, which resulted in four deaths.

In 2012, 22 accidents took place in which six people died. So while the road does make life easy for commuters, the lack of facilities have made it accident-prone.

After the opening of the new road near Commonwealth Games in 2008, the Delhi Traffic Police had conducted a survey and suggested measures to reduce accidents. The traffic police said the accidents take place mostly when motorists take U-turns at high speed as the turns are wide. As a result, the approach to the airport becomes prone to dangers of side-on collisions, overturning of vehicles, speeding and pedestrian-vehicle collision.

With the opening of another road connecting the airport to Mahipalpur, the possibility of accidents has only risen further. After the survey, rumbler strips along with warning signs and road markings had been installed on the road, but they are in need of urgent repairs.

Moreover, there are no foot-over bridges on this long stretch and pedestrians have no options but to jaywalk and risk their lives. “The road needs at least two FOBs, especially because there are offices and a Metro station nearby. Passengers risk their lives every day to cross the road, especially near the office of Bureau for Civil Aviation Security (BCAS),” a senior traffic police official said.

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