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Dangerous side of City Beautiful: You risk your life on these 15 spots in Chandigarh

KILLER STRETCHES  Last year, 25 people lost their lives at accident-prone areas and 57 were injured.

punjab Updated: Apr 27, 2017 12:44 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Vehicles plying at the Hallomajra light point.
Vehicles plying at the Hallomajra light point. (HT Photo)

The Sector 45/46/49/50 light point where retired deputy registrar from Punjab and Haryana high court was killed on Tuesday after being hit by a truck is one of the 15 accident prone areas in the city. 

UT police have conducted a survey and identified 15 accident prone areas in the city where commuters need to drive with caution. Parmanand Sharma (65), resident of Pushpac Complex, Sector 49, was killed after being hit by a speeding truck at Sector 45/46/49/50 light point on Tuesday, while waiting for his signal to turn green. Parmanand was rushed to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he was declared brought dead. 

The spot has witnessed eight fatal accidents in 2016. Police records reveal that in 2016, a total of 25 people lost their lives at accident-prone areas, whereas 57 were injured. In 2015, a total of 15 people were killed at these accident-prone areas. 

In the city, 144 people lost their lives in fatal accidents in 2016 and in 2015, 124 people lost lives and 292 were injured across the city. 

Police officials attribute overspeeding and the tendency of the residents to jump traffic lights at these stretches as the reasons for mishaps. It comes down to human negligence at these points which makes them “killer” points of the city, said police officials.

Commuters on their way at Sector 48-49 light point.
Commuters on their way at Sector 48-49 light point. ( HT Photo )

“We have been holding special drives to create awareness among residents and educate them about the traffic rules. The deployment of cops is done on the vulnerable points to check accidents,” said Ravi Kumar, superintendent of police (SP), traffic. 

Harman Singh Sidhu, president Arrive Safe, an NGO working on road safety, said, “There is a need to segregate the traffic to reduce the number of accidents on these stretches. The two-wheeler riders are most prone to being killed on these stretches, so traffic segregation should be done at the earliest.”

But what is lacking is the co-ordination among different departments of the administration to ensure road safety. Sources said that the police department has sent more than 100 proposals to the engineering department and municipal corporation regarding the changes needed to improve road infrastructure, but these proposals are yet to see the light of the day. 

What makes them killer stretches 

The UT police had listed these 15 points as black spots in the wake of the number of accidents that took place on these points in 2016. The study of UT police into the accidents have blamed overspeeding, human error and negligence for the road accidents.

Human negligence comprises red light jumping, triple riding, driving without helmets and without seat belts that prove fatal. Even in the accident in which Parmanand was killed was when an overspeeding truck hit him and his head was crushed under the tyre of the truck.

The police had even recommended installation of iron grilles at the road divider between housing board light point and Kala Gram light point.

Accident-prone areas
  • Kalagram light point 
  • Poultry Farm Chowk 
  • Sector 45/46/49/50 light point 
  • Airport light point 
  • Hallo Majra light point 
  • Sector 46/47/48/49 light point 
  • Housing Board light point 
  • Transport light point 
  • Shastri Nagar light point 
  • Railway light point 
  • Tribune Chowk 
  • Kalibari Light Point 
  • Sector 38/40 light point 
  • Sector 25/38 light point 
  • Sector 44/45/50/51 light point

The UT police have sent more than 100 proposals to engineering dept and MC on the changes needed to improve road infrastructure, but to no avail.

First Published: Apr 27, 2017 12:43 IST

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