Di­rec­tions to close unau­tho­rised cuts

Traf­fic po­lice have asked the road own­ing agen­cies to close all the dan­ger­ous cuts in the city

HT Estates - - HTESTATES - Pawan Pan­dita

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.

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