Taking note of the large number of hit-and-run cases in Central Delhi, a city court has directed the Delhi Police to install CCTV cameras at “appropriate intersections” to check rash driving and identify the offending vehicles.
“It has come to my notice that… there is a high rate of accidents recorded within the jurisdiction of Daryaganj and I P Estate within a particular sector of ring road/peripheral roads. The accidents either turn out to be fatal or victims suffer grievous injuries with permanent disabilities without the offending vehicle being tracked,” a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal said in a recent order. It has also asked for an action-taken report from the area DCP by May 13.
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“There may be paucity of manpower/police personnel to check rash and negligent driving. However, the same can be checked by installing CCTV cameras at appropriate intersections with proper caution signages. This will also help in tracing the registration numbers of offending vehicles,” the court of A K Mendiratta said.
The order was issued in a case where a 50-year-old pavement dweller was hit by a motorcycle near Rajghat this January. As the police had been unable to identify the driver, the court had asked the Delhi Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to pay compensation to the injured woman, Masiha. She had sustained serious injuries to her leg in the accident and is still undergoing treatment.
According to a study done by the Centre for Science and Environment in 2014, only eight roads — including the Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, GT Karnal Road, Rohtak Road, GT Road, NH-24, NH-8 and Mathura Road — account for about three-fourth of the total accidents in Delhi.
Nearly 20 per cent of all accidents in Delhi occur on the Ring Road.