Road accidents have been a persistent problem in India, with the situation being no different in Gurgaon. According to data sourced from traffic police, road accidents in the city have claimed 90 lives in less than three months of this year, with a total fatality count of about eight deaths per week till March 25. Additionally, there were 162 injuries in the 227 road accidents that occurred during this period. The police have identified 30 blackspots in the city, including Rajiv Chowk, Hero Honda Chowk, IFFCO Chowk, Kherki Daula U-turn, and the Narsinghpur cut, which accounted for 470 deaths and 666 injuries last year.
Most of the accidents at these blackspots are attributed to wrong-side driving, speeding, frequent changing of lanes, and overloading. The police have also identified other causes for concern, including vehicles changing lanes without indicators, illegal parking by cabs and autos, and jaywalking.
At Hero Honda Chowk, wrong-side driving is the key reason for accidents, with vehicles coming from the Hero Motocorp side and headed towards Nitin Vihar and Sector 33 often being at fault. Meanwhile, at IFFCO Chowk, a dark and dingy subway encourages jaywalking, adding to the risks faced by commuters.
Managing traffic at busy intersections like Rajiv Chowk is also a challenge, with the police regularly issuing challans to violators and raising awareness among people about road discipline. Meetings are also being held to ensure proper facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. However, the police admit that managing traffic is a challenge in the city, given the sheer number of vehicles on the roads. As of now, the city has 553 traffic cops with an additional 42 SPOs and 420 homeguards, and several warning and advisory message systems have been installed at busy chowks.
Commuters have also highlighted the need for people to follow traffic rules, with many accidents being attributed to wrong-side driving and sudden changes in lanes. Jaywalking is another cause for concern, with pedestrians often in a hurry to reach their destination.
In the end, the solution to the problem of road accidents in Gurgaon lies in a collective effort by all stakeholders, including the traffic police, commuters, and policymakers, to ensure that the roads are safe and accident-free.