Directions to close unauthorised cuts
Traffic police have asked the road owning agencies to close all the dangerous cuts in the city
There is no relief from unauthorised cuts on the central verge of the city roads, including the National Highway 2. These endanger the lives of commuters even as the Road Safety Month is being observed in the district.
Illegal road cuts being used by pedestrians and all types of vehicles for their convenience are not a rare sight on the city roads. Pedestrians and drivers of two- wheelers, auto- rickshaws, four wheelers and at some places by truckers on the busy
National Highway 2, Bypass Road and some roads inside the city can be seen using these unauthorised cuts without any check by the Traffic Police.
At a meeting of the district administration held on January 9 to review the road safety measures, additional deputy commissioner, Faridabad, Dr Aditya Dahiya had directed the officials concerned to close all the unauthorised road cuts, particularly on the national highway. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Traffic Police, Transport Department, National Highways Authority of India, Public Works Department, educational institutions and various non government road safety organisations. However, no action has been taken so far. Getting away with a traffic violation without ticket will no longer be easy as the Traffic Police have resumed e-challaning. They have ordered 18 new handheld devices with better software to penalise errant drivers.
The Traffic Police had introduced e-challaning in July 2012. However, the practice was stopped after a few months, following complaints by cops that the handheld devices were not functioning properly.
Drivers had also complained
"There is a heavy movement of vehicles, including buses and trucks on the national highway. The national highway has factories situated along it from the Badarpur border to Ballabgarh. Sometimes, pedestrians and twowheelers appear from nowhere and interfere with the traffic moving at high speed, bringing them to a screeching halt. Those using these unauthorised cuts are not that lucky at times and are hit by vehicles coming from behind. Motorists driving down about unscrupulous traffic cops with handheld devices harassing them.
A pilot project of the Haryana government with an Andhra Pradesh- based company to start e-challaning in Panchkula had hit a major roadblock in 2010.
The state government had found the handset charges exorbitant.
Panchkula police had even c ompiled data of t r af f i c violations and vehicle registration details of Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi for the system. the highway have always to be on tenterhooks due to these unauthorised cuts," said Manish Pradhan, a resident of Sector 23.
The situation is no different on Bypass Road where there are jhuggi jhopri clusters on some stretches and pedestrians can be seen crossing the road at will. "There are encroachments at some places along the Bypass Road. These slum clusters are too close to the road and children playing there sometimes cross the road all of a sudden. Besides
This would tell a cop about the history of violations and a vehicle's details just at the click of a button of his handheld device. However, the project could not take off then.
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Bhupinder Singh, this, there are some fuel filling stations along the road. After getting their fill here, the drivers move on the wrong side of the road to use these unauthorised cuts. They don't drive down further to use an authorised road cut for taking a U-turn," said Sandesh Gupta, a resident of Sector 7.
As there is hardly any Traffic Police presence on the Bypass Road and other city roads and traffic cops are deployed only at major traffic intersections, there said 18 handheld devices have been ordered. Four of them, with a better software, have already been received.
"There will be no on-the-spot compounding. The offender will be issued a printout of the challan. He will have to produce it in the challaning branch in a fortnight," he said.
"The summary of challans with details of the types of offences committed will be uploaded on the server at the headquarters everyday. This will take care of the corruption charges leveled by the drivers against traffic personnel," he is no way to check the menace except to close the unauthorised cuts.
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Bhupinder Singh, said both the assistant commissioners of police (traffic) in the district have been directed to identify the unauthorised road cuts and take up the matter with the authorities concerned to get them closed.
"We can only tell the agencies concerned under whose jurisdiction the roads come, to close the illegal road cuts. We cannot close them on our own as it is not our property. We will be writing to them soon to take corrective steps. We will also provide them the police force, if required," he said.
While the National Highway 2 is maintained by the National Highways Authority of India, the Bypass Road belongs to Haryana Urban Development Authority. Most other city roads are looked after by the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad and the roads in rural areas are being maintained by Public Works Department. added.
The four handheld devices received so far are being tested, he added.
The e-challaning system will comprise a computer- based centralised database of vehicles, driving licences and traffic violations and handheld devices with the field staff to provide them connectivity with the main server in Panchkula.
There will also be a facility to transfer data on the server later, in case the handheld device is not connected with the server at the time of issue of the challan. The only approach road to Green Field Colony from the DelhiMathura Road side has been crying for attention. This 600m long stretch from NHPC Chowk to the colony that is full of potholes gives nightmarish experience to thousands of commuters who use it everyday,
The road is completely battered. Besides making it a bumpy ride for the commuters, it also causes the traffic to move at a snail's pace during peak traffic hours as there is a narrow rail underpass on the road.
The condition of the road has gone from bad to worse in the last one year.
"The road is in a shambles and no authority is paying any attention to it. Hundreds of families live in the colony and the only road link with the Delhi-Mathura Road for going towards the Badarpur border or other parts of Faridabad is in a state of utter neglect. Repeated pleas with the authorities have borne no fruit," said Ashok Warikoo, a resident of Green Field Colony.
The problem has compounded as the other end of Green Field Colony touches BadkhalSurajkund Road that has been under repair for the last nearly t wo years. T he BadkhalSurajkund Road is preferred by commuters going to south Delhi.
"The road which leads from NHPC Chowk to Green Field Colony has become very busy now owing to the ongoing repair work on Badkhal-Surajkund Road. Commuters who would earlier use the rail over bridge at Badkhal Morh to reach the BadkhalSurajkund Road preferred to go via Green Field Colony to reach Surajkund, bypassing the stretch where repair work was being carried out all this while. This has resulted in increase in traffic on the road from NHPC Chowk to Green Field Colony, deteriorating the condition of the road further," said Hemant Aggarwal, a resident of Sector 8. He uses the damaged stretch to commute between his residence and office in Nehru Place, Delhi.
Warikoo said the road will be done up temporarily in view of the Surajkund Crafts Mela from February 1 but it will crumble again within a few days.
HUDA executive engineer, Bhupinder Singh, said estimates for the road repair have already been prepared and as soon as he gets approval from the head office, the tendering process for the repair work will begin.
"We are waiting for a go-ahead from the headquarters. However, we have got the potholes filled up to give temporary relief to commuters," he said.
Illegal cuts are commonly used by pedestrians and two wheeler drivers.