Ahmedabad: Accident Prone Roads

Death stalks these roads

Each Day, Amdavadis Take 51 Lakh Road Trips Across City & Most Risk Their Lives As There Are Unsafe Stretches Galore

Paul John & Parth Shastri | TNN

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Ahmedabad: These are roads with ‘killer’ distinction and you dare not tread on them without having a life insurance or helmet. Each day Amdavadis take 51 lakh road trips — drive cars, walk, ride bicycle or wait for buses on Ahmedabad roads, and most risk their lives unless they avoid these roads spread over 129 km, which notorious for taking way your loved ones.

A March 2008 survey by CEPT University and Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on 34 accident-prone roads warns that most accidents on busy stretches happen during afternoons when traffic cops vaporize from junctions and traffic lights blink amber.

From January 2007 to October this year, there have been 4,759 accidents in which 467 people died, according to traffic police department. A huge number happen to be two-wheeler riders and pedestrians. The reason, of 21 lakh, vehicle population 15.54 lakh are two-wheeler riders.

These accident victims were between 18 and 44 years. They lost their lives for want of certain regulatory enforcements like wearing helmets — which was a Gujarat High Court order — and changes in road design, traffic guiding, street signs and facilities for safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.

The study reveals that Anjali to Nehrunagar stretch witnesses maximum number of accidents — 38 per km, this is followed by Ankur crossroads to Naranpura railway crossing with 36 incidents per km with Astodia gate to Ellisbridge, while Prem Darwaza to Gandhi bridge stretch sees 32 incidents per km.

But, the notorious stretches of Narol-Naroda and Kalupur road, which sees 26 incidents per km is a nightmare for pedestrians, push cart and rickshaw pullers recording 3 fatalities per km. Accidents patterns over last six years have revealed that most accidents happen in January and September owing to festivals.

“Heavy vehicles are responsible for 40 per cent road fatalities, while in 55 per cent cases, two-wheeler riders are responsible who form 74 per cent of city’s traffic,” says a senior AMC officer of road department. 108 got over 3,000 calls in 3 months!

A true estimate of rate of accidents in city can be gathered from the number of emergency calls that Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI) received in last three months — August to November. The number is a staggering 3,076. Maximum percentage of calls came from areas, including SG Highway, Bopal Ghatlodia, Vastrapur, Sarkhej, Vejalpur.
ACCIDENT-PRONE AREAS
Areas & % of calls received by 108
NH8 | 38
Narol to Naroda highway, Bapunagar, Khokhra, Memco
SG Highway | 23
Sarkhej to Adalaj, Bopal, Ghatlodia, Vastrapur, Vejalpur
Ashram Road | 21
Sabarmati to Paldi, Navrangpura, CG Road
Station Road | 13
Delhi Darwaza, Kalupur, Khadia, Astodia, Lal Darwaza
132-ft Ring Road | 5
Akhbarnagar to Shivranjani

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