With more than 100 deaths occurring on city roads every year and pedestrian and cyclists accounting for more than 50 per cent of them, the Chandigarh administration has decided to make their safety its top priority.
In the state road safety council meeting chaired by Adviser to Administrator Vijay Dev on Monday, the police department was directed to make a comprehensive plan with in three months where all the hot spots/black spots will be identified to install cameras and sensors to enable automatic challaning of defaulters.
Further, this system would amalgamate the Pelican Light system into it for the convenience of the pedestrians, and more traffic calming measures like table top zebra crossings will be introduced. It was also decided on making pedestrian footpaths/Zebra crossing on the mouth of every junction for smooth movement of the public. Further every Zebra Crossing will have a yellow line marked where “STOP” and “RUKE” in hindi sign would be written on the road. The Chief Architect was asked to make a comprehensive plan of all pedestrian crossings in a month’s time and hand it over to Arrive Safe, NGO.
Besides this, Secretary Transport presented the result of the road safety survey conducted by the Police Department but adviser asked the department to recheck the data supplied in the survey and supplied exclusive data on pedestrians/cyclists road accident related deaths and injuries, age profile of drivers of motorized 2/4 wheelers causing road accidents and deaths/injuries of non helmet wearing women on motorized 2 wheelers. He further suggested to initiate an awareness campaign on benefits of wearing helmet for women instead of making it mandatory.
He was also in favour of Secretary Transport’s suggestion of having a Road Safety Audit done by Central Road Research Institute (CRRI). He also advised to make pedestrians safety as top priority under Zero Tolerance (Action Plan) on Road Safety.
Harman Sidhu, founder of NGO Arrive Safe gave a presentation on road safety manual by highlighting the importance of a written test of traffic laws and road safety codes to be taken by candidates applying for a driver’s license. The manual will be prepared in 3 languages i.e. English, Hindi & Punjabi and proper course books will be available for people taking this test. On this, adviser advised the Police Depatment to coordinate with Arrive Safe on this matter.
The committee was jof the opinion that the Administration should heavily come down on auto drivers violating traffic laws and they should continue challaning the over loaded autos or autos using black tarpaulins and also check their road worthiness/fitness certificate and indicators of the vehicle.
Besides, every Department (Engineering Department, Transport Department, Chandigarh Traffic Police, Municipal Corporation and Education Department) was asked to finalise their road safety Action-Plan as per performa circulated and submit it to Department of Transport by March 19, prioritizing safety of pedestrians and cyclists.