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City’s ‘black spots’ identified. Now what?

Despite identification of few accident-prone ‘black spots’ across Delhi, the scene at most of these crossings is still very chaotic, reports Karan Choudhury.
None | By Karan Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2007 01:49 AM IST

Negotiating the busy traffic crossings in Delhi can send shivers down the spine of any pedestrian. The Delhi Traffic Police had identified a few accident-prone ‘black spots’ across Delhi, but nothing seems to have changed. The scene at most of these crossings is still very chaotic. Pedestrians have a very tough time on these roads. Blueline buses and commuters openly flout traffic rules, making the roads very unsafe.

Pradeep Kumar, a sales agent, says: “The Peeragarhi Crossing is always congested. There is no subway, and it makes matters more difficult.” There is always heavy traffic congestion at the Peeragarhi Crossing. The width of the roads, too, has reduced due to the construction work undertaken by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). There have been 12 fatal accidents on the Peeragarhi-Bahadurgarh Road this year alone, says the Traffic Police. “The bus stand at Peeragarhi is right next to a free left lane. Getting off at this bus stop is always hazardous,” says Ashmeet Singh, a college student.

Things are no different at Vikas Marg, where ten people have died in road accidents. “This road is always busy, there is no place for pedestrians. Two-wheelers are the bigger culprits than the Blueline buses. They do not follow any rules,” says Jagdish Juneja, a clerk at a nearby office.

The number of fatal accidents at the city’s ‘black spots’ is increasing by the day. This year, there have been eight accidents on Wazirabad Road, six on Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg, four on Ring Road near Azadpur and 13 on Bawana Road.

Ajay Yadav, an IAS aspirant, says: “Every second day, there is an accident on Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg. The police is caught unawares. No action is being taken to prevent mishaps.”

There are various other spots in Delhi where the roads are unsafe, but they are still out of the Traffic Police’s radar. The Kamal T Point in Sarai Rohilla is one such traffic crossing. Heavy traffic congestion on this road is a daily affair. Rajesh Jain, a shopkeeper, says: “There is utter confusion on roads. Every second day, there is a minor or major accident. Blueline buses travel at very high speed on such narrow roads.”

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