Gurugram to get speed tables, pelican lights at accident prone spots
The initiative is part of Haryana Vision Zero, a scheme that aims at reaching zero fatality in road accidents, covering Gurugram and nine other districts.Updated: Jun 03, 2018 07:57 IST
Five spots in Gurugram identified as dangerous for pedestrians may soon get speed tables to slow vehicles down and pelican lights that allow the traffic signal to be controlled from the sidewalk, according to officials familiar with the developments.
A committee of road safety experts, appointed by the Haryana government, has identified the Sector 17/18 T-intersection, Hanuman Mandir chowk, the T-point at the Palam Mor, Bakhtawar chowk, and the T-intersection at Jwala Mill as the places where pedestrians are most vulnerable.
The initiative is part of Haryana Vision Zero, a scheme that aims at reaching zero fatality in road accidents, covering Gurugram and nine other districts.
“Once the committee started analysing the spots, the one feature that stood out was that they weren’t pedestrian-friendly in any manner. Even the speed breakers installed at some of these spots did not adhere to the Indian Road Congress guidelines,” said Sarika Panda Bhatt, program coordinator of Haryana Vision Zero said.
Speed tables are similar to speed breakers, but are much longer and have flat instead of rounded tops. Experts say they not only help to keep speeding vehicles in check, but also allow pedestrians to walk on them to cross the road.
According to the Haryana Vision Zero officials, the speed tables will be elevated 10 cm from the road, and will be 5 feet wide. They will include retro-reflective plates installed on them so that motorists spot them easily at night.
Pelican lights are similar to pedestrian traffic lights with an added feature of a button that turns traffic lights green to red when pushed, allowing pedestrians to cross the road easily and signalling vehicles to stop moving.
Data with Gurugram Police reveals that between 24 accidents and four fatalities occurred between January 1, 2017, and April 1, 2018 at the Sector 17/18 T-intersection. During the same period, 23 accidents and four deaths were recorded at Hanuman Mandir chowk, 21 and six at the Palam Mor T-point, 25 and nine at Bakhtawar chowk and 16 and five at Jwala Mill T-intersection.
Haryana Vision Zero officials say they have submitted a report to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG).
The report asks for three other checks at each of these spots -- footpaths, cycle tracks (if possible) and proper road signs. It also asks authorities to clear electrical poles, encroachments and paint zebra crossings.
“Any engineering change which brings down the risks posed to residents, is welcomed and I will gladly implement these at the designated spots,” said MCG commissioner Yashpal Yadav.