News Detail

City gets 2 new hotspots as change in road design killing pedestrians

City gets 2 new hotspots as change in road design killing pedestrians

Bhalswa, Mukarba Crossings Find Place In Cops’ List Of Accident-Prone Spots

New Delhi:

The list of the worst accident-prone stretches of 2018 prepared by Delhi Traffic Police now has two new additions, Bhalswa Chowk and Mukarba Chowk. Both these places have been under the scanner of road planners due to their faulty designs. Almost 50% of people who died in accidents last year were pedestrians who were mowed down while crossing the road.

While the stretch near Kashmere Gate ISBT remains the deadliest in the city, Mahipalpur flyover and Mathura Road near Nizamuddin have also got a prominent place in the list due to changes in the road geometry last year.

Traffic police are in the process of preparing a research report that will provide a detailed analysis of these stretches and the reason for a spike in accidents.

Police said the blind bends near Nigambodh Ghat and Hanuman Temple near Kashmere Gate ISBT have led to fatal accidents involving speeding drivers. Last month, a Maruti Ertiga driven by a businessman overturned on the footpath while taking a turn at the bend killing a homeless man. A number of measures to reduce speed at these bends were proposed, but none of them were implemented.

Bhalswa Chowk and Mukarba Chowk on Ring Road recently turned into speeding zones after the inauguration of the signal-free elevated stretch. “The lack of measures for slowing down traffic emptying onto Ring Road from the nearby colonies of Burari, Jahangirpuri and Bhalswa Dairy has been creating conflict zones for slow and fast moving vehicles and turning it into an accident-prone area,” said a police officer.

Moreover, as the speed on stretches like Mathura Road and Outer Ring Road has gone up considerably after the completion of Delhi Metro projects, it has ended in high pedestrian fatalities. Police have suggested creation of multiple pedestrian crossover points on these stretches to reduce the number of accidents.

The study has also pointed out towards an increase in the number of deaths of cyclists, especially in morning hours. Africa Avenue and Alipur Road were found to be the two most dangerous roads for cyclists.

A similar study conducted last year found that 845 fatal crashes occurred after dark, while 720 happened during the day. Even though the peripheral expressways have reduced the number of goods vehicles in the city, most of the accidents were found to have occurred between 7pm and 2am.

Poor lighting on the roads is the reason behind almost half the accidents, followed by potholes and encroachments, police said. Once the final report is prepared, the list of accident-prone stretches will be shared with the roadowning agencies. A road safety advocacy group will also be roped in to suggest ways to reduce the number of fatalities.