The death toll on the capital’s roads has been steadily rising over the years. Though accidents are reported from across the city, some stretches are turning out to be more deadlier than the rest. Of the 10 dark spots, or accident-prone areas, identified by the traffic police, the Ring Road outside ISBT Kashmere Gate holds the record for the most number of fatal accidents last year. Of the 33 accidents reported on the stretch in 2013, 13 were fatal.
On the Aurobindo Chowk stretch where Union Minister Gopinath Munde’s car got hit by a speeding Indica, no fatal accident has been reported in the past one year. However, in the Tilak Marg traffic circle, which includes all roads from Tilak Marg to Aurobindo Chowk, there were 10 fatal accidents.
Other accident-prone spots are Mukarba Chowk, Mukundpur road, Nangloi DTC bus depot, Jahangirpuri bus stand, CNG petrol pump, Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar, Azadpur Sabzi Mandi, Punjabi Bagh Chowk, Nigambodh ghat and Shyamlal College.
Traffic police officers said at all these locations, police regularly interact with civic agencies to change the faulty road engineering arrangements — such as obstructions, blind curves, tree cover, etc — if any. Police have also deployed more personnel in these areas.
Officials said over the past few years, it has been noticed that a majority of the accidents occur at night. However, this year, police said they have been able to bring down the number of road accidents during night hours.
In 2013, until May 15, there were a total of 364 deaths in road accidents, while the figures for the same period this year stands at 325.
“ Most accidents often occur either late at night or early morning. the reason being less volume of traffic on roads. Most traffic signals are also on blinker mode and motorists tend to speed. Many self accidents are also reported during the night and early morning as motorists do not drive carefully. We have been able to control the accidents reported during wee hours by increasing deployment in these areas,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Anil Shukla said.