Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
GURGAON: HUDA has appointed Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) to carry out a safety audit of the 200-km network of roads in Gurgaon. The company has been given six months time to complete the audit at a cost of Rs 2 crore.
Following a report submitted by road safety expert Navdeep Asija, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on its own motion in April had ordered a technical audit of the 200-km road network in Gurgaon in keeping with the integrated mobility plan.
Asija, via the Amicus Curiae in January, had submitted his report to the high court after which during the previous hearings in the matter on February 27 and April 10 the court had insisted that HUDA carry out a technical audit of the 200km of roads in Gurgaon.
In his report, Asija has claimed that the construction of a 16-lane expressway, by means of improvement of the arterial road connecting NH-8 and Golf Course Road, will lead to more traffic jams, instead of reducing them. His report suggests that the court should stay construction of the 16-lane expressway as an interim measure to prevent irreparable damage to the city as in the case of Delhi-Gurgaon expressway.
However, according to HUDA's superintendent engineer, A K Maken, the audit work has been allotted recently to DIMTS. "Following the survey and the report to be submitted in six months, HUDA will undertake planning of improvement of the roads according to the suggestions made by the company," Maken said.
He said that the audit would involve studying the existing network of roads for the need of traffic signals, zebra crossings, increasing width of roads, constructing slip roads, footpaths and cycle tracks to facilitate pedestrian movement, among others.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
"The model of sobriety check posts has been successfully demonstrated in neighbouring Haryana and needs to be replicated. Under-construction stretches of national and state highways need strict vigil to improve road safety during the period the work is on. The court may direct state traffic police to make sure contractual provision or guidelines of the Indian Roads Congress and National Highways Authority of India to ensure `road safety during construction' in the state of Punjab," reads the report.
Traffic police dept understaffed
There are enough traf fic policemen manning the roads in Punjab. For example, Delhi has 30 traffic policemen per one lakh population, Chandigarh has 60, while Punjab has only 8. "It is found that the entire state traffic management in Punjab is being handled by 2,200 police personnel, which include officers at the rank of IG (traffic) and ADGP (traffic). The head office mainly covers rural areas and highways while the city traf fic is largely being managed by respective police commissionerates in Jalandhar, Ludhiana, and Amritsar under ACP (traffic) and at district level by SP (traffic)," says the report.
According to the National Crime Record Bureau report of 2012, police deployment (civil and armed) to handle all other crimes in Punjab is 274 police personal per lakh population, which is far above the national average.Apart from affecting proper traffic management, the absence of cops on roads results in traffic violators not being taken to task with issuance of challans.
"In the year 2014, state traffic police issued 9,88,958 traffic challan, means about 2,700 challan per day, ie, average 100 per day in each district and commissionerates by 2,200 police personnel, including constables and officers deployed on the road traffic duty by the state police. For effective enforcement and traffic management in Punjab, no service level benchmark or police force deployment standards are available," the report points out.
Monday, August 17, 2015
The Times of India (Chandigarh), Page 1
Over speeding and driving under the influence of liquor are two traffic offences that seem to figure low on the priority of Punjab Police. This, when the latest report of National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) released in July shows that the number of fatal accidents in Punjab has seen a 22% jump in 2014 as compared to the previous year.In the most accident-prone cities of the state -Amritsar and Ludhiana --the rise was 23% and 71% respectively . But despite the state's worsening road accident record, cops have only seven speed guns to check 40 lakh vehicles running on the 68,879-km road network and 125 operational alcometers to detect drunk drivers. This is part of the report on `Traffic Management in Punjab' submitted to the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday by Punjab's traffic adviser Navdeep Asija, and brings out how ill-equipped Punjab cops are on these two crucial counts. "The available speed guns and alcometers can cover only 25% of Punjab. It means that under the present law, it is difficult to convict anyone driving after drinking or over speeding in 75% of the state," the report points out. Punjab traffic adviser Navdeep Asija's report says, "In the year 2014, state traffic police issued 9,88,958 traffic challans, which comes to around 2,700 challans per day. It was found that out of total only 5,688 challans were for drunken driving and over speeding, which is 0.6% of the total traffic violations. This means that not even 1 vehicle per district was challaned under these two offences."
The scenario becomes more alarming when collated with Ministry of Road Surface and Transport Report `Road Accidents In India 2013' in Punjab,which shows that out of total `4588' road crash fatalities reported, 1711 (37%) of the total were due to drunken driving and over speeding. In view of the financial health condition of traffic police wing of Punjab Police, the report made a case for release of 50% of the compoundable challan fee (Rs 17.4 crore) deposited with state by traffic wing of Punjab Police during the years 2013, 2014 and till June 2015, as per their inter departmental letter dated July 18, 2012. Besides this, there is need for Punjab Police to make online Punjab Road Safety Database management system fully operational (http:www.punjabroadsafety .org) to overcome the quality data issues related to the traffic and its management.
Punjab is a tippler's paradise with aver age consumption of liquor estimated at 11.5 bottles per capita. 34.9% of the population consumes liquor in Punjab compared to 20.2% in neighbouring Haryana. This was highlighted in a recent survey conducted by International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai File photo
Sunday, August 16, 2015
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