All roads CSE audited were poor
Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) recently audited roads in the national capital that are most dangerous to pedestrians and cyclists. The researchers selected a total of 27 km of accident-prone roads on Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Mathura Road, Ring Road, Outer Ring Road, Vikas Marg and Noida Link Road and assessed them on the basis of their engineering and userfriendly design.
CSE found that all the roads audited scored from poor to very poor. Only 55 per cent of the roads have footpaths; they are constructed much higher than the standard 150 mm on all locations except for some areas in Vikas Marg. So bus users prefer to come down on the road and climb the vehicle. Many bus stops are constructed on the footpath itself. Cycle tracks exist on only 10 per cent of the roads.
All the roads surveyed have been ranked poor on the environmental front, amenities and aesthetics. Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, Noida Link Road and Vikas Marg have only a handful of public toilets. These, too, either remain locked or are badly maintained. Besides, the roads can become a challenge to negotiate for the differently-abled people.
Kailash Jha of Purnia, Bihar, injured his spine in a road accident and is bed-ridden. He has to live in the waiting room outside AIIMS trauma centre with his family each time he comes to Delhi for treatment