Ten years from now, “there will be murders and fights on roads, in parking lots”, warned Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander, pointing out the many cases of road rage routinely reported in the National Capital Region.
Speaking at Face-to-Face with Government, an event organised by FICCI FLO where representatives of Noida, Gurgaon and Delhi police were invited, Chander said traffic problems in the city were aggravated because of the abysmal behaviour of road users, poor road design and law enforcement problems.
“I can only imagine what the state of traffic on Delhi roads will be 10 years from now. There will be murders and fights on roads, in parking lots. Cases of road rage are reported all the time nowadays, something we do not hear from Mumbai. Unless we take a multi-agency approach to solve traffic problems, including working out laws and policies, our role as a mere regulator will not help in any significant way,” said Chander.
Chander also spoke on the problems with PWD road designs, jaywalking and problems in the enforcement of lane discipline since six-lane roads narrow down to four lanes, leaving vehicles with no option but to break rules. “Ironically, traffic-related accidents kill more pedestrians than motorists… yet, there is no comprehensive law on jaywalkers,” he said.
Gurgaon Commissioner of Police Navdeep Singh Virk attributed problems in traffic management in the city to the shortage of staff. “We have one-tenth of the staff we actually need. We have pulled in an additional 500 home guards to assist us. We have requested the government to give us more men, but these processes take a lot of time.” He said that the citizen’s community had come forward to help decongest roads, as evident form their participation in ‘car-free’ Tuesdays.
Noida Senior Superintendent of Police, Kiran S, attributed the uncontrolled growth in Noida within the last decade as the reason behind the spurt in the number of vehicles and traffic management problems.