March 17, 2009 12:44:35 am
A team of Delhi Development Authority officials visited the Dwarka flyover on Monday in the wake of the frequent accidents.
The chief engineer of Dwarka and the department head of the flyover division visited the spot to check if improvements could be made on the stretch that had taken more than 20 lives last year. The deaths have also started a war of words between the traffic police and the DDA,each blaming the other.
This flyover has been in use for almost four years now. There are signages all over that indicate the speed limit should not cross 25 km per hour. At night,most vehicles tend to cross that limit, a senior DDA official said.
The traffic police,meanwhile,are blaming the design. I have suggested the DDA take a few safety measures to reduce accidents. The iron railing on the parapet should be brightly lit,preferably in fluorescent colours. The height of the railing should increased with possible rubber padding. Rumble strips should be used to curb speed, Joint Commissioner Traffic S N Shrivastava said.
Agreeing in part,Neemo Dhar,Director of Public Relations,DDA,said,The immediate measures we are taking include adding more rumble strips on the flyover. This will help reduce the speed of vehicles. We are also putting brighter signages. We will raise the height of the railings.
However,the DDA is on the defensive on the design. The agency claims it had conducted feasibility studies before constructing the flyover and had got all necessary approvals. Most deaths,according to DDA sources,occur due to overspeeding and,in some cases,drunken driving. The flyover was designed and constructed by Larson and Toubro,and all third party approvals were taken before its construction,sources said.
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