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Faulty planning,callous driving turn lifeline into death trap

A lifeline for Dwarka residents,the four-kilometre Dwarka-Palam flyover is fast turning into a death trap. The flyover has already claimed seven lives this month.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
March 15, 2009 1:31:48 am

A lifeline for Dwarka residents,the four-kilometre Dwarka-Palam flyover is fast turning into a death trap. The flyover has already claimed seven lives this month. It is the only flyover which provides a direct connection to Dwarka residents with South Delhi.

Six months ago,the Delhi Traffic Police had written to the Delhi Development Authority,responsible maintaining the flyover,that serious measures need to be taken in view of the safety of motorists.

“There are two sharp turns in the flyover in which motorists needs to be very careful to avoid either hitting the ground or the crash barriers,” said joint commissioner traffic S N Shrivastava.

The traffic police had asked the DDA to increase the height of the flyover’s parapet. “The parapet is so low that if a speeding motorist hits the footpath,he would fall off it. We would also need a sort of protective mesh fixed to the parapet,” DCP traffic South,Rupinder Kumar said.

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The flyover has been criticised by both — the traffic police and road experts — for its faulty design. Its width — a mere 45 metres — has been criticised as too narrow. “The thin traffic during off-peak hours encourages motorists to speed up. The curves are sudden and they are unable to balance at such high speed,” said a senior traffic police officer. There are cautionary signs saying “sharp curve ahead,drive slow” before both the sharp turns,but motorists tend to ignore the warnings,said Palam Village police officials.

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