A recent study of the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) found out that faulty designs and inadequate safety measures have turned major arterial roads in the national Capital into virtual deathtraps.
Over 1,500 people were killed in various accidents on Delhi roads in 2016. According to experts this figure would have gone up if not for traffic-jams.
‘A large number of road projects in Delhi lack the safety norms,’ Dr S Velmurugan, head of the traffic engineering and safety division at CRRI, told Mail Today.
‘Delhi has 33,000 km of road network, out of which the arterial ways measure about 1,800 km of road-length.
‘These arterial routes accommodate nearly 80 per cent of Delhi’s traffic and thus proper road design and safety measures become very important.’
‘Most long stretches designed for non-stop smooth traffic flow in the Capital have basic design flows,’ said Velmurugan.
The CRRI pointed out in its audit of Dwarka-Palam flyover, which reports nearly 30 grave accidents every year, that the road-owning agency had completely ignored design and safety standards, leaving motorists vulnerable to fatal accidents.
The CRRI findings noted that apart from five sharp curves, that are the biggest engineering fault on the two-km long flyover, safety measures like cautionary signs, pedestrian facilities and speed-calming measure are also missing.
The flyover has ha been the reason of over 150 lives since it was built. A city court had even termed the flyover a ‘man-made death trap’ in its observation.
The report also points out that the cycle tracks created at the Sarita Vihar interchange facility were left completely dysfunctional forcing the cyclists and other non-motorised vehicles to merge with the normal traffic.
This has only increased the risk of fatalities.