Negligence at all levels to blame for rising traffic mishaps in Ggn
From January 2014, the Millennium City has recorded as many as 650 deaths and 1,500 injuries due to road accidents. They include 600 pedestrians, 601 two-wheelers and 81 cyclists.
According to statistics received, the analysis of road accidents by the Gurgaon Police over the past two years has revealed that most accidents were caused due to over-speeding, drunken driving and lack of infrastructure—such as subways or foot-over bridges.
Some of the most common accident spots on the National Highway 8, which accounted for 800 fatal accidents over the past two years, have been identified as Narsinghpur Village, Bilaspur Chowk, Rajiv Chowk, Khandsa bus stop, Hero Honda Chowk, Kherki Dhaula toll plaza, Raj Nagar Mor, Sarhaul toll plaza and Manesar Ghati. Apart from this, Shankar Chowk and Iffco chowk with a total of 800 accidents have topped the list recording the highest number of fatal accidents.
The disturbing detail in these statistics is the large proportion of pedestrian deaths that the traffic police have recorded in 2015. The data from the traffic department reveals that 324 pedestrian have died between January and August 2015. This means that the pedestrians are the most vulnerable group that accounts for almost 50 per cent accident-related deaths.
The table shows that the percentage has remained more or less constant. This indicates that nothing is being done to address the rising concern for pedestrian safety here. On the contrary, roads are still being designed for motorised transport alone, with hardly any thought spent over pedestrian facilities like crossover points and segregated walkways or under pass subways.
Traffic Department officers say their department has been writing to the civic authorities in this regard, highlighting the need for infrastructural upgrades. Recently, the police department wrote to HUDA and the MCG asking them to broaden the pedestrian walkways.