Panchkula:Around 100 persons are killed every year in accidents in Panchkula if the traffic police data for the past five years is an indication. Till last year, 83 persons died and 164 injured. As many as 96 persons were killed in 2015, while more than 190 were injured.
Despite repeated reports by the traffic police to the Haryana Urban Development Authority and the Municipal Corporation about accident-prone areas, nothing seems to have been done by the authorities. The stretch of road most prone to accidents in Panchkula is National Highway 73 (NH-73) which has at least four black spots as several fatal accidents have taken place on this road between 2012 and 2014.
However with two national highways passing through Panchkula on which maximum road accidents have taken place in the recent past, the traffic police highlight that the maximum traffic violations pertain to overspeeding of vehicles on highways and riding without helmets. The Panchkula-Barwala stretch of the NH-73 and Panchkula-Kalka stretch of the NH-22 have emerged as the killer stretches with a majority of the road accidents reported from there.
Delayed four-laning of NH-73 makes it death zone for commuters
The delay in the four-laning of the NH-73 between Panchkula and Yamunanagar had proved fatal for the public. The highway stretch between Panchkula and Raipur Rani has been converted into a killer stretch. The increasing traffic flow on the NH-73 stretch on the Panchkula-Ramgarh-Barwala-Raipur Rani section has become a death zone, especially for pedestrians and two-wheeler riders. The project to widen the highway, which has been in limbo for the past one decade, has been initiated a bit, but with the passage of time the highway has become congested leading to fatal accidents.
Highways snuff out more lives than arterial roads
Three national highways, Pinjore-Nalagarh, Panchkula-Barwala and Yamunanagar-Kalka-Shimla, in the district may be ensuring a smooth inter-state drive for commuters, it has become high heel for the local police. A majority of the accident deaths in Panchkula are reported from these highways only.
The district police have identified seven accident-prone spots, all on national highways (NHs), where most of the fatalities took place. In all, 62 persons died in these locations within a span of three years i.e. from 2013 to 2015. Last year and again recently the Panchkula police have again sent a report to the NHAI to make a few engineering changes to avoid accidents on these spots. However, little progress has been initiated in this regard.
‘’We have sent a report of black spots on the national highways and accident-prone areas in the town where engineering changes are needed followed by several reminders to the NHAI, Public Works Department, HUDA and Municipal Corporation.
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