Andher Nagari: Delhi Roads are Most Dangerous


Extracts from TOI and others

Capital shame

T HAT the national capital has come out as the most dangerous city in India as far as pedestrians are concerned will not surprise its residents.

A National Crime Records Bureau report says as many as 589 pedestrians were crushed to death on Delhi’s roads in 2008. In all, pedestrian deaths accounted for nearly 30 per cent of road casualties in Delhi, a rate four times the national average of 8.7 per cent.

This is a matter of shame for the national capital which should be setting standards for other cities in India to follow. And while there is no denying that the staggering number of vehicles on Delhi’s roads — nearly 4.5 million in March 2008, more than the figure for Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai put together — is partly responsible, the role of infringement of traffic regulations, rash and drunken driving and the step- motherly treatment meted out to pedestrians cannot be played down either.

For, let’s accept it: the pedestrian is a rather lowly creature on Delhi’s roads.

Cities in developed countries may set aside pathways for safe walking but Delhi’s roads— broad in comparison to our other metros— make no such provision.

Even the zebra crossings don’t function, with drivers refusing to grant pedestrians the right of way. There are few, if any, signaled pedestrian crossovers. Footpaths which pedestrians can use are often encroached upon by vehicles and vendors.

There aren’t enough foot overbridges and subways. In any case, the subways, being unsafe and unclean, are not used by most people, especially women.

What is needed is better infrastructure for pedestrians, tighter regulation of traffic and public awareness about the need for road safety.

Man rides into 9inch-deep pothole, fractures hands

Stuti Agarwal | TNN


New Delhi: In yet another incident that points to persistent callousness on the part of civic agencies, a 57-year-old man had both his hands fractured as the two-wheeler he was riding tumbled over a 9inch-deep pothole on the Shakarpur Master Block road in east Delhi.

The accident took place around 11.35pm on Saturday in front of Agarwal Dharamshala in Vyast Guru Angad Nagar when J P Sharma, manager of Riverside Club in Mayur Vihar I, was returning to his Laxmi Nagar residence after work.

Locals say in the absence of any repair of the large number of potholes dotting the stretch, such accidents have become common these days. According to Sharma, he fell on the road and couldn’t even move to a side as a result of the injuries. ‘‘I was lying in the middle of the road and saw an Innova speeding towards me.

Fortunately, the driver noticed me and stopped the car before running me over,’’ said Sharma, who suffered two fractures in his right hand, a minor one in his left hand besides getting bruises on his knees.

A few people from the nearby dharamshala offered help by taking him inside and informed his family. Sharma’s youngest son, Vishal (33), rushed to the dharamshala and carried him to a private clinic where he was given painkillers. The next day morning Sharma was taken for an x-ray. His left-hand injuries are reportedly serious and will take over a month to heal as Sharma already has had an iron rod fitted in the hand since he met with an accident two years back.

‘‘I am well aware of those potholes as I take that route every day. But somehow I did not notice this one in time. Now I am fully dependent on my wife and can’t even take the medicines myself,’’ he said.

The road comes under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. When contacted, the agency’s PRO, Deep Mathur said, ‘‘We are not aware of any such incident, so we cannot comment on it.’’

Curiously, the 9inch-deep pothole was filled with loose mud just two days after Sharma’s accident.
While construction material for repair of the road is lying at the site, no work has yet begun. Sharma, who is also the president of Bhartiya Brahman Manch, Delhi, believes the accident happened because of ‘‘the negligence of the contractor’’.
toireporter@timesgroup.com

IN BAD SHAPE: J P Sharma (top) was injured when his scooter fell into one of the many potholes on Shakarpur Master Block road

RTO Delhi:Get driving licence from any city RTO


Get driving licence from any city RTO

A positive step. It will be possible to go to an RTO nearer to you now.

However will it bring down the harassment at the RTO offices, play of touts or graft?

Megha Suri | TNN

New Delhi: In about 10 days’ time, you will be able to get a driving licence issued from any of the 13 regional transport offices (RTOs) in Delhi, irrespective of where you stay in the capital. To bring down levels of corruption, all RTOs and the transport department unit at Burari are being interlinked and all records transferred to a central server.

Work on the project is nearing completion, after which the transport department will start trial runs. Interlinked RTOs would free the applicants from the current restriction of having to go to only the transport office which serves their area of residence.

NEW LICENSING FACILITY IN 10 DAYS To check graft, records being transferred to central server
New Delhi: To bring down levels of corruption, all RTOs and the transport department unit at Burari are being interlinked and all records transferred to a central server.
Though licence-seekers will now be free to apply at any RTO, they will need to complete all formalities — like the driving test for learners licence, payment of fees, final road test for permanent licence and the printing of the smart card — at the same RTO.

The driving licence will subsequently be delivered by courier to the applicant’s permanent address. Details of new licences etc, will get uploaded onto the centralized database, real time.

The department is also in the process of creating a centralized pool of information so that all records of present licence holders can be accessed by officials from any RTO. To get the new facility rolling, the transport department is now in the final stages of linking the existing databases of all the 13 RTOs and the Burari unit.
Official said there was a problem at the Sarai Kale Khan RTO, where the linking was stuck due to technical difficulties.

But the matter has been sorted out and even this RTO will be connected to the central server in 2-3 days. The ongoing festive season has caused some delays, but the new facility is expected to be in place in 10 days.

‘‘The new centralized system is being put in place to bring about more transparency in the process. We are going to launch a massive public awareness campaign to tell people about it. This way, the government will ensure that it doesn’t get sabotaged. The dummy run will start in 10 days and the teething troubles will be sorted out at the earliest,’’ said R K Verma, transport commissioner.

Another major step being taken is the weeding out of touts at RTOs who stamp medical certificates mandatory for every application for a driving licence. A cabinet note has been sent by the department which proposes that such medical certificates will be issued only by government hospitals and dispensaries.

At present, any registered medical practitioner can certify whether an applicant is fit to drive or not. Recently, the government had also started online tracking of applications for driving licences, which has got a good response from applicants.

Delhi Traffic Lights: Some Hope?


New Picture (72)Harassed citizens of Delhi have to endure unending traffic snarls due to poor infrastructure made worse by bad maintenance of roads, haphazard dumping of earthwork, metal rods and mulba by contractors working on various projects under the ‘watchful eyes ‘ of MCD, DDA, NDMC.

Traffic lights are almost always on a blink, adding to chaos.

The traffic police do pitch in when the traffic lights are not working, (sometimes for months on end, as in Vasant Kunj, GK I etc).

Why are the traffic lights not working? Who is answerable for the lakhs of litres of fuel wasted by the hundreds of cars, motor cycles , scooters and trucks caught in jams due to non functional traffic lights?

At last the Delhi police is promising some action. But will it deliver?

Traffic signals: Light at the end of tunnel

Upkeep Tenders Invited, Fines For Slackness

Megha Suri | TNN

New Delhi: After months of braving chaos at intersections where traffic signals have stopped working — an average of 90 across the city — there is finally respite. Delhi traffic police has invited a tender for maintenance of signals and blinkers, and this time, the contract includes stringent penalty clauses for non-performance. The contract of the existing companies end in the first week of October.

The tender, published on August 29, is for maintenance of 725 traffic signals and 424 blinkers for the next two years. It will also cover installation of new signals and blinkers. As for the 220 signals which are going to be fitted with intelligent traffic signals (ITS) before the Commonwealth Games, the agreement with the contractors will be amended to include maintenance of them as well.

After the recent downpours, over 130 traffic signals stopped working in the city, leading to complete chaos. The traffic police have now redone the contract clauses to prevent a repeat of the present chaos once the new contracts come into effect. The new agreement sets a time frame for repair of signals — all minor fault should be rectified within six hours of receipt of complaints while all major repairs and replacement work will be carried out within two days.

If any traffic signal remains non-functional for over five days, the police will not pay maintenance charge for that signal. Thereafter, a penalty of Rs 500 will be charged. Even after a work contract is awarded, delays will not be tolerated. The contractor will have to finish the assigned work within a stipulated time. Delays will call for a penalty of 10% of total bill for first 7 days and 20% thereafter.

The new contract will have a clause to ensure that contractors are not paid for cable faults and damages to controllers due to short circuits. They will be asked to fit good quality auto cut devices.

The traffic police will regularly review performance of contractors and will terminate contracts and even blacklist companies if performance is not up to the mark. For monitoring, the contractor will have to install a computerised fault monitoring system.

Said S N Shrivastava, joint commissioner of police (traffic): ‘‘We are trying to improve functioning of traffic signals and ensure monitoring. The penalty clauses in the contract have been made stringent.’’

Getting tough with contractors
Total no. of signals | 725 Total no. of blinkers | 424 No. of posts to be fitted with intelligent traffic signals | 220 No. of signals not working daily | 90 (avg) No. of signals not working after heavy rain | 130 (avg)

Non-functional signals
No maintenance charge will be paid for signals or blinkers which are not working for over 5 days. Thereafter, a penalty of Rs 500 per day will be charged

Blacklisting for shoddy work
The traffic police will regularly review performance of contractors. The contract can be cancelled and the firm blacklisted if work is not up to the mark

Higher penalties for delayed repairs
The contractor will have to finish assigned work in stipulated time. Delays will call for a penalty of 10% of total bill for first 7 days and 20% thereafter

No more cable faults
The contractor will not be paid for cable faults, the most common justification for non-functional signals. They have been asked to fit good quality auto-cut devices to prevent short-circuits

Fault monitoring system
Contractor need to install a computerized fault monitoring system within 15 days that will automatically generate a circle-wise daily activity report for faulty signals & blinkers

Andher Nagari: Delhi’s death traps courtesy MCD


DELHI DITCHED

Sinking feeling in civic void

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TOI team alerts city on more open pits and manholes but civic agencies seem to be faltering on their promise of covering the gaping holes by today

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

The TOI campaign against uncovered pits and manholes in the city seems to have stirred civic agencies into action. After TOI published the photograph of an open drain in Rajouri Garden on Thursday, the MCD promptly placed precast slabs on the drain. The civic agency had earlier too reacted to a TOI report and covered open drains and manholes in Shahdara and ITO.

Deputy commissioner, west zone, S C Kohli, said the drain cover had been broken by the sanitation department during desilting work on Wednesday but precast slabs were put back on Thursday.

‘‘The sanitation department and all executive engineers have been directed to ensure that all dug-up spaces in their wards are properly barricaded to prevent accidents and inconvenience to the public. The drain, of which a picture was published in TOI on Thursday, had been left open after its cover was broken during desilting,’’ said Kohli.

However, the civic agency was unable to provide information on the status of other gaping holes which too had featured in TOI. Though MCD had stated on Wednesday that all open pits and manholes under its jurisdiction would be covered and under-construction sites properly barricaded by Friday — a fact admitted by director, press and information, Deep Mathur — more open pits and manholes were discovered by TOI on Thursday. MCD was unable to respond to our queries on this matter.

Meanwhile, Vikas Marg again emerged as a sore point. Picture of an open pit at Vikas Marg had been published on Wednesday and PWD officials had claimed that all other troublespots would be taken care of immediately. However, two new spots were found along this stretch on Thursday.

Said a senior PWD official: ‘‘The stretch in question has been handed over to DMRC. We spoke to the chief engineer, DMRC, and were assured that corrective action would be taken.’’

Meanwhile, residents of Chandni Chowk claimed that open drains and sewers were still a problem in their area with no agency taking any action to ensure safety measures. Said Sanjay Bharghav, secretary of Chandni Chowk traders association: ‘‘Delhi Jal Board is carrying out deep sewer work along the central verge in main Chandni Chowk.

Besides a strip put by them as a safety measure, the open pits, which are very deep, are not barricaded. When it rains, these pits get filled with water making it very difficult to assess the exact depth of the pit.’’

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Andher Nagari: MCD Pit becomes a death trap


He survived an aircrash but not an MCD pit

The uncovered pit in Malviya Nagar that

77-year-old Trilok Makan (inset) fell into

LURKING DANGER: Several such pits have been dug up on this road

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New Delhi: Seventy-seven-year-old Trilok Nath Makan survived a plane crash in the ‘90s, only to die after falling into an eight-feet deep pit left uncovered by a callous MCD contractor right outside his south Delhi home.

Makan, who retired as additional private secretary to former Prime Minster Atal Behari Vajpayee, lived in B block of Shivalik road in Malviya Nagar.

He had stepped out to buy groceries from shops near his house at 8.15 pm on Friday. The pit on the divider, where work was underway to install new streetlights, was a deathtrap sans warning signs or barricade. To make matters worse, the area was dark because the power had been turned off while the streetlights were being installed.

Makan didn’t survive the fall, probably lapsing into unconscious right away and therefore unable to use his cellphone to seek help.

He suffered from a chronic cervical problem. The preliminary autopsy report suggests he died ‘due to the fall’. His body bore bruises on the head, neck and left temple.

But till late on Saturday night, a case had not been registered. A senior police officer said, “prima facie it looks like a case of negligence but there are chances that he might have suffered cardiac arrest and fallen into the pit.’’ Police are waiting for the postmortem report.

Reconstructing events, the police said Makan might have blinded by headlights as he emerged from the colony’s gate.

Divider was deathtrap with no streetlights MCD Orders Probe, Says Guilty Will Be Punished; Evidence Of Negligence Not Far To Seek

New Delhi: There was heavy traffic on Shivalik Road in Malviya Nagar where seventy-seven-year-old Trilok Nath Makan fell into a pit right outside his house. ‘‘There were no streetlights working on the road as power had been disconnected.

There is a possibility that he was blinded by the headlights of a vehicle and could not see the pit,’’ said a senior police officer.

Police said they were investigating the matter. Makan’s family had spent a sleepless night. When he did not return after half an hour, his wife, Jai, called up a family friend. ‘‘We started looking for him in the nearby areas and enquired from the shops outside the colony but failed to trace him. We then informed the police and several search parties were sent out,’’ said joint secretary of RWA Rajan Grover.

About 10 hours later, Makan’s body was spotted by the cashier of a grocery store, Abhishek Kumar, who informed the police at 6 am on Saturday. The body was taken to All India Institute of Medical Sciences where doctors declared him brought dead. Makan was the vice-president of the local RWA of B Block.

‘‘New streetlights are being installed on the stretch between Aurobindo College and Malviya Nagar. There are 22 such pits which have been dug and left like this for the past two weeks,’’ said a resident Jayant Choudhary.

MCD’s director (press and information) Deep Mathur told TOI that ‘‘public safety is of prime concern whenever digging or construction is carried out. The work at Shivalik is being carried out for Commonwealth Games. The contract for this work had been given to Sawaka Powertech Engineering Private Limited. We have directed the officials concerned to submit a written report within three days.’’

‘‘Our officials have examined the spot. If any lapse is found on the part of the contractor, he will be prosecuted as per the contract, and if it is a lapse on part of our officials, action will be initiated against them accordingly,’’ he said.

Makan is survived by his ailing wife. His two sons died in their teens due to illness, claimed Makan’s relatives. ‘‘His wife, Jai, cannot move and we are worried who will take care of her now,’ said Makan’s nephew, Sudhir Kalra.
rahul.tripathi@timesgroup.com

Delhi HC orders compensation for bad roads


Court orders compensation for bad roads

July 7th, 2009 – 10:49 pm ICT by IANS

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Criticising authorities for not maintaining roads, Delhi High Court Tuesday directed the Delhi government to pay a compensation of Rs.6 lakh to a woman whose young son died after falling into a pit while riding a scooter.

“Loss of life because of negligence of state instrumentalities results in violation of right to life and liberty under Section 21 of the Indian constitution,” said Justice Sanjiv Khanna in the judgement.

“The authorities should be conscious and aware of their duty to maintain roads and ensure that the road surface does not have any pit so as to cause accidents, thus resulting in injuries and even loss of life,” the judge said.

Justice Khanna directed the government to pay Rs.628,000 within eight weeks to Madhu Kaur who filed a petition seeking compensation after her 24-year-old son Harpreet, a sales executive with a private company, died in a road accident May 4, 2006.

In the petition, she said that her son was riding a scooter with his brother on the pillion and the two-wheeler ran into a pit on the road near the Army Base Hospital at Naraina, resulting in fatal injuries.

She blamed the government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and sought compensation.

“It is the responsibility of road-owning agencies to ensure that the roads are maintained properly and repairs undertaken on time,” the court said.

“Even if they have entered into third-party contracts for maintenance, road users should not suffer injuries, fatal or otherwise, because of lack of maintenance, proper care and repairs,” it said.

Unbelievable: An RTO Office sans Harassment, Touts & Bribes


Unbelievable: An RTO Office sans Harassment, Touts & Bribes

We are so used to being harassed and squeezed by babus in government offices. This was a wonderful experience of an enthusiastic and helpful officer, good staff and efficient working.

I wish we had more Anil Kumars and that all RTO offices were like the one in Vasant Vihar in New Delhi.

It was with trepidation that I approached the RTO office for renewal of my time expired license. I had avoided going for renewal to the RTO office, apprehending torture and run around.

It was then that I heard that a new RTO office had been set up at Vasant Vihar, andI had tried to access information about the location and timing from the internet. True to traditions, the Delhi Government website had no information of the office. According to the website there was no RTO office in the vicinity of Vasant Vihar. However I made up my mind to face the battle and went forth.

Since I had gone without pre arranging for ‘help’ from a tout or a ‘driving school’ or ‘sifarish’, I was mentally prepared for being given a run around by the clerks in the office. I had even taken along a friend for moral and physical support.

I found the enquiry counter near the gate manned by 3 clerks. To my surprise I got the necessary forms from the enquiry counter without any problem. I was also told to attach supporting documents in respect of age, address proof etc. The clerk noted the details and directed me to a counter inside the main office.

I went inside the main office and found it to be well lit, bright and cheerful. There I was told that being a time expired license that too from a state outside, renewed many times over from Tamil Nadu and UP it would be a difficult and time consuming affair to get the old license renewed.

I walked in to the office of the officer in charge (I read the nameplate out side, it said Anil Kumar) and was pleasantly surprised at the courteous manner in which my friend and I were dealt with.  ‘It would be better and easier to get a fresh license issued after due tests than a renewal’ he said and further advised me of the forms to be filled for obtaining a learner’s license.

I proceeded as advised, paid the necessary fees, was administered a test on driving rules and given a learner’s driving license all in a matter of 30 minutes. I was advised to come after a month for a formal test for the drivers’ license.

I did tell Mr. Anil Kumar what a surprise it was not to find any tout in or near the RTO office premises, and the speed with which the forms were accepted, dues collected, test given and learner’s license handed over.

I went a month later and I was given a receipt for the amount paid at the counter and after a driving test was told the new driving license would be sent by courier within 10 days. That day I had spent just over an hour for the entire process.

The new driving license was delivered home on the third day!

Mr. Anil Kumar also told me later that he can make resources available for imparting training, spread of road sense etc.

We are so used to being harassed and squeezed by babus in government offices. This was a wonderful experience of an enthusiastic and helpful officer, good staff and efficient working.

I wish we had more Anil Kumars and that all RTO offices were like the one in Vasant Vihar in New Delhi.

PS

The RTO Vasnt Vihar office is located adjacent to Munirka, Rama Market, between DCP office and DTC depot

NRI: St Louis :Four Indian students killed in accident


A sad day:

Four Indians die after US cop’s car on wrong side hits their vehicle.



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Anita Lakshmi, 23,

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Anusha Anumolu, 23,

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Priya Muppvarapu, 22 —

Satya Chinta, 25,

Nitesh Adusumilli, 27, (critically injured)

One Indian and US cop critically injured.

Cop Christine L. Miller, a patrol officer. (critically injured)

FOUR INDIAN students killed in a road accident in the US were hit by a car driven by an off- duty woman police officer going the wrong way, according to media reports citing investigators.

The four students were killed last Saturday in Des Peres St. Louis, Missouri, when a car they were travelling in was broadsided by Christine L. Miller, a patrol officer. The officer was speeding and possibly drunk, investigators said. Nitesh Adusumilli, 27, who was driving the victims’ car and Miller were both listed in critical condition on Sunday at St. John’s Mercy Medical Centre in Creve Coeur. Miller, the highway patrol said, was “ clinging on to life”.

Miller was driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of Dougherty Ferry Road when her Mitsubishi Eclipse struck the passenger side of Adusumilli’s Honda, the police said. Adusumilli’s fiancée, Anita Lakshmi, 23, was dead along with Anusha Anumolu, 23, and Priya Muppvarapu, 22 — Lakshmi’s roommates — and Satya Chinta, 25, Lakshmi’s cousin.

Adusumilli works at AMDOCS, a software firm in Chesterfield. His mother is a yoga instructor in India; his dad, a real estate agent. The rest were studying IT at Eastern Illinois University. IANS

Survivor of crash shielded from news


By Todd C. Frankel


ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

03/23/2009

DES PERES — They were returning home after a night out of dinner and bowling — five Indian twenty-somethings having fun in All-American fashion.

Their lives bridged two worlds, the traditional and modern. They pursued jobs and education in the United States. But their families mostly remained back in India. One couple out that night planned to marry in May — a traditional marriage arranged by their families thousands of miles away.

They were headed home to Nitesh Adusumilli’s place in Ballwin. But as they turned onto Dougherty Ferry Road early Saturday morning, their car was struck by an off-duty police officer driving the wrong way, police said.

Four in Adusumilli’s car died. Adusumilli, 27, was listed in serious condition Sunday at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur. He was aware, recognizing faces, but visitors were warned not to disclose details of the auto accident, said Suren Pathuri, president of the Telugu Association of St. Louis, a group for speakers of the Indian dialect.

Off-duty Sunset Hills cop who killed 4 may

face manslaughter charges


By Carolyn Tuft

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

03/23/2009

DES PERES — Police are considering manslaughter charges against an off-duty Sunset Hills police officer who struck a car, killing four college students.

“Obviously, it’s manslaughter that we are looking at,” said Sgt. Al Nothum of the Missouri Highway Patrol. “We have strong suspicions that she had been drinking prior to the crash.”

While toxicology tests are probably complete at the hospital, Missouri Highway Patrol accident reconstruction officers may not get the results for some time, Nothum said. The troopers’ investigation will take at least three weeks.

Then, the case will be referred to the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office. It will be up to St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch’s office as to what charges, if any, will be filed.

The officer, Christine L. Miller, 41, of Kirkwood, is a 12-year veteran of the Sunset Hills police department. She is still in critical condition, Nothum said.

Miller has one son — Brian C. Miller, 22 — who currently faces manslaughter charges. Prosecutors in Laclede County, Mo., allege that Brian C. Miller was intoxicated when he crashed his car last year into a tree in the southwest Missouri county and killed a passenger.

Brian Miller is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter. The charge alleges that he was intoxicated when he crashed his 1997 Acura at 6:20 p.m. on July 27. His passenger, Salvatore R. Carrabino, 23, died.

A second passenger, Aaron M. Stanton of Lee’s Summit, was seriously injured in the crash in Laclede County. Brian C. Miller is also charged with second-degree assault in connection with Stanton’s injuries. Prosecutors allege in that case that Miller was driving while intoxicated, court records show.

In the Laclede County accident, police say that Miller was driving along State KK in Lebanon when Miller lost control of his car. The car left the right side of the road and struck a tree. Brian Miller was also seriously injured.

At 1:45 a.m. on Saturday, Christine L. Miller was driving her Mitsubishi Eclipse the wrong way when it crashed head on into the vehicle carrying five people, including the four who were killed.

The victims in the crash included three graduate students studying technology at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. They were Anusha Anumolu, 23; Prya Muppvarapu, 22; and Anitha Lakshmi Veerapaneni, 23. They were roommates who also previously attended Oklahoma City University.

Our earlier story: Survivor of crash shielded from news

The trio were in the St. Louis area with the third person killed in the crash — Satya Chinta, 25, of Aurora, Ill., who was Veerapaneni’s cousin.

Nitesh Adusumilli, 27, of Ballwin, was driving the vehicle carrying the women who were killed. Adusumilli is listed in serious condition today at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur.

Traffic Police Success on Holi: Delhi and Mumbai


Traffic Police in Delhi and Mumbai deserve to be congratulated for ensuring the safest Holi so far in many years.

Ed

RECORD DRUNK DRIVING BUSTS ON HOLI

Cops Make Most Daytime Bookings Ever.

Traffic Police in Delhi and Mumbai deserve to be congratulated for ensuring the safest Holi so far in many years.

Sustained campaigning over weeks preceding Holi bore fruit, no deaths due to drunken driving in Mumbai and only five in Delhi, down from thirteen last year.

MUMBAI

Zero Fatalities

The traffic police came down heavily on all those who mixed drinking and driving on Wednesday, booking a total of 333 motorists. It was the largest number of drunken driving busts ever made during the daytime and also during any Holi celebration. A majority of those charged were in the age group of 20 to 30 years and were bikers.

Two serious accidents and 16 other minor accidents were reported on Wednesday, but there were zero fatalities, perhaps due to the traffic police cracking the whip on drunken driving. In 2006, there were eight fatalities reported on Holi and in 2007 there were two fatalities, according to statistics revealed by the traffic police. In 2008, there were at least two fatalities during Holi weekend

The police campaign began early on Rang Panchami, at around 10 am on Wednesday. Armed with breathalysers, traffic cops stood at major intersections, taking motorists by surprise. The anti-drunken driving campaign reached its peak between 2 to 4 pm and ended at around 6 pm

NEW DELHI

This was perhaps the safest holi for the capital as the number of fatal accidents usually stands in double figures. As part of their drive, the cops also prosecuted nearly 10,000 persons for different offences.

Last year, 13 fatal accidents were reported in Delhi on the festival, while the figure stood at 17 in 2007. The cops feel the heavy police presence helped in bringing about some semblance on city roads. During the day-long drive, a total 9,544 drivers were prosecuted.

LEGALLY SPEAKING


Speeding or driving dangerously Violates |
Section 184 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

First offence | Jail for up to 6 months or fine of up to Rs 1,000

Repeat offence | If committed within 3 months of previous offence, jail for up to 6 months or fine of up to Rs 2,000, or both

Driving drunk or on drugs
Driving (or attempting to drive) a motor vehicle with more than 30 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood; or being under the influence of a drug to such an extent that one is incapable of exercising proper control over the vehicle

Violates | Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 First offence | Jail of up to 6 months or a fine of up to Rs 2,000, or both

Repeat offence | If committed within 3 years of earlier offence, jail for up to 2 years or a fine of up to Rs 3,000, or both

Abetting dangerous or drunk driving
Under Section 107 of the Indian Penal Code, a person abets when they Instigate any person


Engage with one or more persons in a conspiracy that leads to an illegal act or omission
Intentionally aid someone through an illegal act or omission Violates | Section 188 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 Punishment | If dangerous driving is abetted the punishment of Section 184 is applicable, if drunken driving is abetted the punishment of Section 185 applies

Extracts from TOI/ TNN Delhi and Mumbai

Nitasha Natu | TNN

Delhi Traffic Police: Should get priorities straight say Harssed Residents of Roshnara Road


Mr Shashikant Arora takes keen interest in all municipal matters in North Delhi area of which he is a resident. He is a walking – talking encyclopedia on problems of North Delhi.

About Roshnara Road from Pul Bangash towards Roshanara Club He says:

The realignment work on the Central Divider line in Roshanara Road has been pending for years, in spite of  an order from the HC of Delhi.

There are two wine shops in the vicinity of Metro station. Here the 4 carriage way gets reduced to a single carriage way thanks to customers of wine shops parking on the road, that also haphazardly.

Speed breakers were put up after the HC order. However there is no traffic light in the vicinity of China Building and Aryapura. It is an area with very high foot falls, especially with school going children and elders.

Four Bus shelters were to come up. They have not. Bus passengers are exposed to heat in summer and rains during monsoon. Passengers, children and women  stand on the road and rush in to the buses. It is scary even to look at the way the buses come and halt among the crowd.

The area adjacent sees a large volume of traffic of HMVs and MMVs. Loading and unloading goes on throughout the night.

Till a few months back there was a clear marking line on both sides of road to demarcate where vehicles could be parked. The marking has got obliterated over time. Heavy Motor Vehicles and Medium Motor Vehicles are parked throughout the day on this and adjacent roads.

Local residents also park their small cars and scooters literally between tree guards.

You would expect that the Delhi Traffic Police would try their best to smoothen the traffic flow in that area and protect the residents and the public by installing traffic light / blinking lights near China Building.

You would expect police personnel to stand near the wine shops and ensure the road is not blocked by uneven improper parking, so that the main traffic can pass through easily.

You would expect traffic police men to help out pedestrians and children who need to cross the road.

Unfortunately what we have been witnessing is a shameful act on the part of Delhi Traffic police who have been harassing local residents by towing away their scooters parked along the road. (No action has been taken to even touch the HMVs and MMVs).

There was a great deal of chaos created by the traffic police on 17th March. Residents came out in large numbers and protested at the high handed behaviour of DTP. The situation would have turned worse but for some cool headed citizens.

Mr Shashikant asks why cannot the Delhi Traffic Police take proactive measures to ease the traffic in that area? Why don’t the policemen regulate traffic near the wine shops, paint parking lines on the road, put up traffic lights?

Why are local residents being harassed and their scooters and cars towed away?

Mr SN Shrivastava the DCP should intervene immediately.

Will the DCP do something positive to ease the problem of the local residents?