Dwarka: In one of the most planned suburbs of the National capital, Dwarka, the wide and long roads have become accident prone due to low visibility. As the temperature in Delhi has dropped, fog has taken over the sky, lowering the visibility on roads. However, several commercial vehicles running on the roads of Dwarka do not have proper back light, fog light and reflectors. In this condition, the master plan roads have become accident prone.
At night, many heavy vehicles can be seen running on the wide roads without any back light, reflector, side glass, indicators etc are a danger to the other motorists due to poor visibility by fog. On the roads of Dwarka, which has a network of about 60 kilometre long master plan roads and almost the same length of the internal roads, heavy vehicles including buses, trucks, tractors, water tankers etc run round the clock. Without back light, they take sharp turn, creating a dangerous spot for the vehicles running behind them.
Running of public vehicles such as buses, tempo, auto rickshaws and more without back lights, fog lights, head lights, indicators and side mirrors is a common sight in the sub-city. “Due to foggy weather these days, such carelessness could lead to major accidents. A few days back, I narrowly escaped an accident as I could not see the vehicle ahead me is a tractor or tempo because there was no back light,” says Shailesh Singh, a resident of Sector 6, Dwarka.
According to the rules, running of vehicles without any back light, reflector, side glass, indicators is a violation of MVA (Motor Vehicle Act). General secretary of RWA, Studio Apartments, Sector 16B, Ramesh Mumukshu writes to the authorities about the safety on roads. He shares, “These are all different modes of intra-city transport system and they are all violating Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) rules, which is a cause of major concern. Master plan roads are busy roads on which most of these vehicles run and all these factors make the roads accident-prone, especially in foggy winter. The old three-wheelers and gramin seva, water tankers, dump trucks and autos, tractors can be seen on these roads violating such norms.”
Such vehicles also run in areas such as Sectors 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, Kakrola, metro stations such as Sector 9 and 10, Goyla Dairy, Sector 19, Ambrahi Village, Bagdola Village, Sector 6, Sector 7, Sector 1, Sector 2, Sector 9,Sector 22 and 23 and more. Residents say as the roads in the sub-city are wide, these vehicles tend to move in high spee, making it all more risky.
On the subject, one of the traffic officials says, “Drives to check such violation of MVA norms are carried frequently in the area. Vehicles without back lights, fog lights etc are prosecuted.”