Expert to HC: Design flaw killed 300 on Gurgaon expressway in 2014

Within six years, there is now a proposal to further develop the expressway at a cost of Rs 760 crore.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 24, 2015 2:14 am

The 28-km Delhi-Gurgaon expressway witnessed 300 accident-related deaths last year due to a flawed design that has compromised safety on the highway, a road safety expert told the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday.

Safety expert Navdeep Kumar Asija was quoting from figures with the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. A majority of the deaths were of pedestrians and cyclists, he said.

A special division bench comprising Justices Surya Kant and Ajay Tewari then directed the Haryana government to file its reply on the issue by February 27.

The High Court had sought Asija’s help after taking suo motu notice of the issue of developing vehicle-free zones in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. On Friday, Asija told the court that when the expressway was built in 2007-08, necessary infrastructure to ensure safety of pedestrians and cyclists was not built, allegedly to profit the concessionaire.

Asija requested the High Court to start criminal proceedings against the officers and authorities concerned, including the concessionaire and National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).

Asija further told the court that the expressway had been designed for a 35-year period when it was opened on January 23, 2008.

However, within six years, there is now a proposal to further develop the expressway at a cost of Rs 760 crore.

He said this work is being undertaken jointly by the Gurgaon Municipal Corporation and NHAI.

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    Abhishek Tyagi
    Jan 25, 2015 at 3:57 am
    And who is accountable of the death of 300 people. Has it been in china, the culprit would have been hanged by now, but here we don't even know. The Architect, the chief engineer, and who in NHAI approved that and took the money to approve it?
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    Venu
    Jan 28, 2015 at 1:50 am
    WAIT ! Very sad! Do not build any new expressway NHAI . New highways should be designed for all modes - so side lane for bail gaadi or underp for bail gaadi or bicyclists / pedestrians - emergency safety stop/parking for scooter / car etc should be there. So don't build a ani expressway on haryana traffic-way ! Who is responsible for the loss of lives ?
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    aj photoartist
    Jan 24, 2015 at 10:30 am
    And the author did not have the content to write what the freaking flawed design was?? Journalism is also dying on the streets!
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    aj photoartist
    Jan 24, 2015 at 10:30 am
    And the author did not have the content to write what the freaking flawed design was?? Journalism is also dying on the streets!
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    HarshT
    Jan 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm
    exactly my reaction on reading the piece: 'What flaw'?
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    Shanti Pathek
    Jan 28, 2015 at 2:35 am
    WAIT ! Very sad! Serious review needed ... - Please do not build any new expressway NHAI . New highways should be designed for all modes - so side lane for bail gaadi or underp for bail gaadi or bicyclists / pedestrians - emergency safety stop/parking for scooter / car etc should be there.So don't build a ani expressway on haryana traffic-way !Who is responsible for the loss of lives ?
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    vinod
    Jan 24, 2015 at 3:41 pm
    The article makes it clear what the 'design flaw' was: "most of the deaths were of pedestrians and cyclists", and no provision was made for them "allegedly to profit the concessionaire". Speaks volumes of the level of corruption and callousness in our country. Such behaviour and instances need to be treated under Article 302 - intentional, pre-meditated murder.
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