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Signage installed at Gurugram underpass post brutal accident

Posted: May 12, 2018     By City Spidey

The recent accident inside Cyber City-DLF Phase 1 underpass of Gurugram which led to the death of two people had sent shockwaves across the city. As a result, authorities have now installed traffic signage inside the structure. These signs will warn motorists against overtaking and exceeding the speed limit of 50 kmph apart from directing them to follow lane-driving.

As per rules laid down by the Gurugram police, people found violating the directions on road signage will have to pay a penalty. First time offenders will be charged a fine of Rs. 100 whereas repeat offenders will have to pay Rs. 300.

However, heavier penalties will be levied on those exceeding the speed limit. Whereas a first time offender will have to pay a fine of Rs. 400, repeat offenders will have to pay Rs. 1000.

Rampant violation of traffic rules by commuters along the stretch came under the spotlight on May 6 when a Mahindra Scorpio, collided head-on with a Swift Dzire cab inside the underpass. The police had claimed that the Scorpio was being driven on the wrong side. The driver of the cab and a security guard seated with him died on the spot.

The third passenger of the cab, a woman pilot of Indigo airlines was critically injured. The driver of the Scorpio, against whom a case was registered on the same day, was arrested on the evening of May 7.

 “Our priority is to make roads safer for the public and the first step is to ensure that people obey traffic rules. Hence, we will be conducting surprise checks at the underpass to reduce traffic violations and the risk of accidents,” Sandeep Malik, ACP (traffic), said.

Although the traffic police conducted speed checks at the Genpact Chowk underpass in the past, Cyber City- DLF Phase 1 underpass and the DLF Phase 1 underpass have not witnessed such drives as yet.

Traffic police officers said that during the drive at the Genpact Chowk underpass, they issued fines to 40 motorists, on an average, for breaching the speed limit.

Road-safety experts welcomed the step but were quick to add that there is still scope for making the stretch even safer.

“While installing road-signage and imposing fines for traffic violations is a step forward, authorities can also install CCTV cameras to check for violations when they are not carrying out a drive. Gurugram police is battling staff shortage and CCTV cameras can ensure better enforcement of road rules,” Sarika Panda Bhatt, programme coordinator at Haryana Vision Zero, a road safety team made up of government officials and private experts, said.

The 1.2 km Cyber City- DLF Phase 1 underpass was constructed jointly by Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) and DLF and was opened for the public in March 2017. It helps commuters bypass the traffic at Sikanderpur.


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