BRT Delhi: Death toll continues Pedestrians blamed

Pedestrians most at risk here

Medha Chaturvedi | TNN

New Delhi: Tuesday’s gruesome accident in the BRT corridor in which a 32-year-old woman was crushed beyond recognition under the wheels of a low-floor bus has once again highlighted the lack of safety standards for pedestrians using the stretch.

On a fact finding mission, Times City covered the stretch of the corridor between Moolchand and Pushpa Bhawan bus stop (Mad crossing). It found o five pedestrian crossings on the stretch, with only two being less than a kilometre apa the rest either one or kilometres away from the next. Moreover, there were several housing societies, one school and two temples en route. When asked about this, a senior official from DIMTS, who did not wish to be named, said, “We have pedestrian crossings all over the corridor at short distances. The problem is not the crossings, it is jaywalking.

There is no solution for reckless people who do not use the crossings and we cannot stop them.”

Another problem, as pointed by pedestrians themselves, was that the roads were very wide along the stretch and there were no proper dividers to stand on while crossing it, should a bus come by. “Last week, I was trying to cross the road to get on the other side near the Shaikh Sarai bus stop when a bus suddenly came by. There was nowhere to stand or save myself from the speeding bus and there was just no going back. In a desperate attempt, I flung myself to the other side.

Thankfully, there were no vehicles coming on that road and I escaped with minor bruises. Where should we go and how should we cross the road is what I want to ask the authorities,” said Ravindra Kumar, a daily commuter.

Meanwhile, the authorities have no plausible answer. “Structurally, the BRT corridor does not support a divider. Besides, people should only cross from pedestrian crossings to avoid any untoward situation. How do you expect make a divider or any ch provision only because the commuters go as they feel like? We have appointed marls at every bus shelter here have been regular advisories and challans for defaulters,” said the official.

He had no explanations for instances of people jumping over the fence or two-wheelers running in the cycle corridor without being penalised.

When asked if there was lack of education about the BRT corridor and the dos and don’ts, the official again defended it by saying that there were posters and advisories at every bus shelter about how one should use the corridor.

“The mentality of people is such that they just don’t want to follow rules,” was his only reply. However, he did admit that the design of the BRT corridor had its own limitations which needed correction. “Which design does not have limitations? There are some design issues which need to be addressed and they will be reviewed. But nothing can be achieved without the     support from commuters who choose to openly flout all rules and norms,” he said.

Authorities had stated that barricades to stop illegal crossing on the roads would be installed along the bus lane throughout the BRT, however, this plan has only been implemented between Chirag Dilli and Ambedkar Nagar bus stops and not between Moolchand and Chirag Dilli yet.

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