Even one year af­ter its com­ple­tion, Haryana Vi­sion Zero still strives to keep Gu­ru­gram com­muters safe

Millennium Post - - City - PIYUSH OHRIE

GURURGAM: To pre­vent fa­tal­i­ties caused due to road mishaps, the Haryana gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced Haryana Vi­sion Zero— a cam­paign which has re­sulted in re­duc­ing the num­ber of ac­ci­dents in ma­jor ci­ties of Haryana in­clud­ing Gu­ru­gram.

Even af­ter one year since its in­cep­tion, the cam­paign has still not been able to meet its ob­jec­tive of mak­ing the city safer for its com­muters.

With four death caused each day due to road ac­ci­dents, the dis­trict po­lice in­vested a large num­ber of re­sources in 2018 to make the streets of the city safer for its com­muters.

De­spite 2,000 po­lice of­fi­cials be­ing de­ployed on the city roads to main­tain the safety and se­cu­rity of its res­i­dents, the chal­lenge re­mained with 1,075 ac­ci­dents re­ported in 2018 lead­ing to 442 deaths.

Even though the data was alarm­ing, the fig­ure was rea- son­ably lower than 2017 where there was a to­tal of 1,400 ac­ci­dents lead­ing to 481 deaths.

In the process, Gu­ru­gram again topped the list among dis­tricts of Haryana of hav­ing the high­est num­ber of deaths in a road mishap. Pedes­tri­ans and peo­ple on two-wheel­ers con­tin­ued to be the most vul­ner­a­ble of the groups. Ever since 2011, Gu­ru­gram has been wit­ness­ing a wor­ri­some trend of see­ing 1000 ac­ci­dents each year.

Short­age of fa­cil­i­ties like a foot over bridges on busy roads also added the dan­ger for the pedes­tri­ans.

In the past, the dis­trict au­thor­i­ties were forced to build Foot over Bridges (FOB’S) by the lo­cal res­i­dents ow­ing to the death of pedes­tri­ans by move­ment of high-speed ve­hi­cles at Gu­ru­gram Farid­abad area.

Yet, res­i­dents com­plained that poor main­te­nance and in­com­plete work has re­sulted in peo­ple still not us­ing the FOB. Adding dif­fi­cul­ties to the mat­ter, the large heavy ve­hi­cles have also con­trib­uted to fa­tal road ac­ci­dents. Var­i­ous stud­ies that have been con­ducted on the driv­ers have re­vealed that more than 50 per cent of the driv­ers of the trucks have poor eye­sight.

Of­fi­cials also in­di­cate that the vis­i­bil­ity fur­ther de­creased dur­ing driv­ing heavy ve­hi­cles.

Other fac­tors re­sult­ing in the deadly mishap are fa­tigue, over­speed­ing, drunken driv­ing and over­load­ing.

Faulty road de­signs, poor sig­nage sys­tems and poor man­age­ment of traf­fic in ma­jor roads of Gu­ru­gram are mak­ing it ac­ci­dent prone, claimed ex­perts.

Not only for com­muters but the study also high­lights that how the routes in Gu­ru­gram is un­safe for pedes­tri­ans due to a mis­match in the time of pedes­tri­ans cross­ing the road and the du­ra­tion of the traf­fic sig­nal lights. The av­er­age time found for the pedes­trian to cross the roads was found to be 4 min­utes while the time span for the traf­fic lights was found to be 2 min­utes.

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