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Uttarayan sidelines: Manja kills two on city flyovers

A host of new flyovers that have come up in the city are now proving 'risky' for commuters in the Uttarayan season. The reason: with kites flying over them,glass-laced manja has proved to be deadly.

Written by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: January 13, 2009 2:26:31 am

A host of new flyovers that have come up in the city are now proving ‘risky’ for commuters in the Uttarayan season. The reason: with kites flying over them,glass-laced manja has proved to be deadly.

The two recent manja deaths in the city happened when the victims were crossing the flyovers at Shreyas Bridge in Ambawadi and Chanakyapuri over-bridge in Ghatlodia,within a week. The traffic cops have been unable to provide any protection given the unpredictability of manja flow. It is up to the commuters to wear some safety gear.

Atul Karwal,Joint Commissioner of Police,Traffic,said: “Accidents can happen anywhere in the festive season. There is no way we can ensure safety to drivers even if flyovers seem to be a high-risk zone.

There is no provision of law to deal with the manja menace. People need to be more careful and wear helmets as well as throat protection gear.”

Flyovers in the city stand at a height equivalent to a four-storey building.

Ramalal Singh,a traffic cop,confirmed two deaths and four injury cases caused by manja on the flyovers this year.

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