THE ILLEGAL crossings on Airport Road have become one of the major reasons for road accidents. In the 2.5-km stretch from the bridge where a BMW crushed a two-wheeler on Monday up to Kharar, five illegal crossings are present due to which accidents are taking place. There is only one approved crossing on the stretch. The victim of yesterday’s accident, Gagandeep Singh, who was driving the two-wheeler and his friend Chamkaur Singh, who was seriously injured, took a U-turn from one such illegal crossing near the bridge.
“These illegal crossings are dangerous as there is no provision of any such crossing on the road in the original plan. Due to the wide road people commuters usually drive at fast speed but sometimes two wheeler riders suddenly come in front of speeding vehicles which results in the accidents. These crossings need to be closed with immediate effect,” said Harpreet Singh, the president of NGO “Avoid Accident”.
He added that he, along with other road safety experts, will meet the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and officials of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to get some stretches declared as ‘Black Spots’. He revealed that there are already two light points on the road which have been declared as ‘Black Spots’ and the stretch from Industrial Area up to Kharar is also becoming an accident-prone area.
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When asked about absence of speed limit boards on the road, Harpreet Singh said only boards can not solve the problem as people usually do not follow the speed limit guidelines. He said there should be permanent presence of the traffic police personnel and PCR vehicles with speed trackers so that the violators can be caught.
Rajinder Singh, a resident of nearby Balyali village, alleged that there are some housing projects on one side of the road so sometimes the employees of these builders make these illegal crossings to influence the people by saying that their project is not far from the road. Once these crossings are made then other people also start using them regularly. DSP (Traffic), Amroz Singh said they would check if there are any illegal crossings on the road and if they found any, they would talk to GMADA for closing these.