Killer stretch on Airport Road to get two first aid posts
Civil surgeon to prepare proposal, keeping in view high number of fatalities on stretch between Airport Chowk and Landran-Banur T-pointUpdated: Oct 01, 2017 13:21 IST
Hindustan Times, Mohali
The killer stretch on Airport Road will soon get two first aid posts.
The district administration has finally learnt a lesson after the death of a 25-year-old woman, Amandeep Kaur, who was lying unattended on this stretch for about 45 minutes after her Activa was hit by a tipper.
Even her friend, Sophiya, who was riding with her succumbed to her injuries this week. Amandeep cried for medical help, but nobody took her to a hospital until a PCR van arrived 45 minutes later on the morning of September 13.
Deputy commissioner Gurpreet Kaur Sapra said she instructed the civil surgeon to prepare a proposal to set up at least two first aid posts, keeping in view the high number of accidents on this stretch.
Apart from Amandeep and Sofiya, so many others have met with a similar fate.
Nikhil, who was driving along with five friends, was killed after the vehicle hit a big pothole and turned mulitple times before crashing. His friends sustained injuries and were left stranded as they waited for a PCR van to arrive; no passenger stopped to help them.
TAKING VICTIMS TO CIVIL HOSPITAL FLAWED MOVE
The entire six-kilometre stretch from Airport Chowk to Landran-Banur T-point was closed by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) after a spate of fatalities and a test that rendered it beyond repair.
The administration has acted after a road safety activist, Harpreet Singh, highlighted major defects in traffic management and safety measures.
Sapra also brought into notice that rushing accident victims to the civil hospital was a flawed move. Ambulances and PCR vans should take victims to the nearest hospital, government or private, where they can get first aid.
“We took note of this point highlighted by Harpreet Singh and will call a meeting with government and private hospitals to discuss how we can save more lives,” she said.
TRAFFIC SIGNS OBSCURED
Harpreet said many traffic lights and signboards were covered by the branches of trees. Commuters were unable to spot the signal due to this and it often led to jumping the signal or frequent honking.
Junior engineer of the municipal corporation, Surinder Goel, who is in-charge of parks and pruning, said, “We only have one trailer and that too for an emergency. There is no additional machinery for pruning. We haven’t made any estimates or handed a contract for pruning trees in the city except for parks.”
He added that two tenders for trailers were being prepared by the MC and this will be proposed in the next House meeting.
On September 20, a team of the vigilance bureau and Centre for Road Research Institute (CRRI) inspected different stretches and collected three more samples from the stretch between Airport Chowk and Kharar-Banur Road. Engineers found that substandard material was used for constructing Airport Road.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP, traffic) Harsimrat Singh said, “We have consistently challaned traffic violators. However, if the administration and the MC resolve pending issues, it will smoothen our work.”
Killer stretch closed: GMADA closed entire stretch between Airport Chowk and Landran-Banur T-point after a test rendered it beyond repair
Quick action: DC to set up meeting with government and private hospitals to provide first aid to accident victims to save more lives
Traffic lights and signboards: Branches obscure traffic signals. MC preparing two tenders for trailers to prune trees that will be tabled at next House meeting
Substandard material: On September 20, a team of vigilance bureau and research experts found substandard material was used for road construction after inspecting different stretches and collecting three more samples from the killer stretch
First Published: Oct 01, 2017 13:17 IST