Road Traffic Accidents Kill 4,000 people in Delhi

by Medindia Content Team on  May 30, 2006 at 11:01 AM General Health News
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Road Traffic Accidents Kill 4,000 people in Delhi
The poor driving skills of motorist has resulted in over 4,000 people dying in road traffic accidents in the Indian capital in the last three years , said a senior Delhi Police official.

"This city has a road length of around 1,500 sq km and it is difficult to control and coordinate the traffic if the standard of driving is not up to the mark," Qamar Ahmed, joint commissioner, traffic, said.

He also said that about six million traffic rules violations had been registered during the period, and that over 9,000 accidents were recorded in the capital every year.

"There is a lack of road facilities in Delhi and we have identified at least 30 accident-prone areas," he added.

The accident-prone areas include Mathura Road, Rohini, Wazirabad, Mehrauli and national highways number 1, 2 and 8.

"Both inner and outer ring roads are also prone to accidents," he said.

Ahmed said a study conducted by the Delhi Police recently found that 52 percent of the people who died were pedestrians. "People think they cannot meet with accidents and therefore they take the traffic for granted," he said.

"Pedestrians think it is the vehicle driver's duty to see that they are not hit, whereas the drivers feel that the pedestrians should take care of themselves," he added.

He also said the Delhi Police had proposed a plan for construction of subways and footboards for the pedestrians in the city.

"Around seven such plans are being executed and the crossings should be in place in the next seven months".

"We need at least 14 more subways," Ahmed pointed out.

He said the police were taking strict action against rash and negligent drivers.

"We have started sending the details of erring drivers to the transport department for the cancellation of their driving permit," he said adding that in the past five months licenses of 31 Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses and private buses had been cancelled.

He also pointed out that the increasing number of vehicles coming into Delhi from the satellite towns of Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad and Ghaziabad was worsening the situation.

"Apart from the nearly five million vehicles in Delhi, additional 800,000 vehicles come from the neighboring towns," he said.

Ahmed also said that numerous driving schools had come up in the city and the traffic police had no authority to regulate them or ask them to maintain a certain level of standard.


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There is no road safety agency in this country, so responsibility for it is brushed off from one authority to the other. Roads are built without pedestrians and cyclists in mind despite the fact that 50% of trips are taken by these means. As an afterthought, after a few hundred 'road kills' such as those on the Gurgaon Expressway the politicians promise foot overbridges and subways. Generally they exclude the disabled, cyclists and those with heavy bags and always they involve at least ten times the amount of energy to be used per metre travelled because of the steep gradients to be climbed. If you asked a car driver to travel ten times round a roundabout before she could leave you might get a strange look, but you'll ask a pedestrian not to use the road and expect him/her to just accept it.

What a sad state of affairs when every day on the side of the road I see fatalities and have had close frinds die as a result of the way people drive here in New Delhi.
When is the goevernment going to take a stand instead of a kick back and do something about the problems that face this country???
For a country that want to be taken seriously as a modern nation should you not be focusing on the basic structure of a city???

When are the local trafic police going to stop filling there pockets with false traffic violations and bribes and start to do the job they are supposed to and control these speed demons, bus drivers, young kids doing 160km per hour in busy dangerous traffic zones?????

Shame on you Mr Police man and shame on Delhi Government


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