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?

NHAI: Suit filed against NHAI. and construction co


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Hope HT will not object)

93 Deaths so far. Who’s responsible ?

 Hindustan Times Exclusive - 

Who’s responsible for his death?

Parents of boy who died on expressway to sue NHAI,

construction company

Sanjeev K Ahuja

Gurgaon

FOR THE first time since the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was thrown open for use in January last year, relatives of one of the accident victims have decided to drag the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), concessionaire company DSC Ltd and the Haryana government to the court of law.

Since January 2008, 93 people have died on the Expressway in various accidents and about 50 per cent of the deceased were pedestrians.

Parents of 19-year old management student Rahul Anand said their son died trying to save a pedestrian crossing the stretch at IFFCO Chowk on March 7 for want of footover-bridge. He rammed his SX4 car into a stationary water tanker. The car’s front portion was damaged beyond recognition and Rahul succumbed to his injuries at a hospital later.

Workers of the concessionaire company had parked the water tanker right next to the median on the top lane with no sense of safety of the motorists, said an apparently angry K.S.

Anand, the father of the deceased, with tears in his eyes.

Rahul Anand, the first year student of Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Gurgaon and resident of East Punjabi Bagh, Delhi, was on his way to college to attend the annual convocation when the accident took place.

“The expressway is a killer highway that has taken the lives of many people and this time it was the turn of my son.

So many deaths on this stretch are only because of the reck lessness of the NHAI, DSC and the state government and I have decided to sue all of them,” said Anand who owns a clearing & forwarding (cargo) firm in Mahipalpur and uses the expressway almost on a daily basis himself.

The aggrieved father said his son was driving sensibly when he all of a sudden he saw a pedestrian in front of his car while driving down from IFFCO Chowk flyover.

He said, “My son immediately turned the car to the right to avoid hitting the pedestrian and rammed his car into the water tanker. I do not under stand as to why the tanker was parked on the top lane of the expressway where vehicles run at high speed?

I wonder as to why NHAI and DSC did not construct foot-over bridges for pedestrians?”

skahuja13@gmail.com MAJOR DEATHS ON EXPRESSWAY

February 23: Two pedestrians mowed down by speeding vehicles. Four motorcyclists were also injured at various places on the expressway.

February 8: An executive of an MNC killed when a mini truck rammed into the rickshaw he had taken.

January 19: Woman pedestrian mowed down beyond recognition by a number of vehicles on the expressway.

Key Data

Total Cost

Rs7.5bn

Construction Management

Jaypee DSC Ventures Ltd

Contractors

Jaiprakash Industries Ltd (JIL), DS Construction Ltd (DSCL), Jaypee DSC Ventures Ltd, M/s Rites Ltd, Sheladia LR Kadiyali

Number of Flyovers

11

Length of Road

28km with the possibility of an extra 3km

The 28km Delhi to Gurgaon expressway is one of the most important road construction projects currently underway in India. The road is being constructed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) and the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA).

The project comprises the widening and conversion of the Delhi to Gurgaon section of the National Highway (NH)-8 into a six- to eight-lane access-controlled highway on a Build, Operate, and Transfer (BOT) basis.

150,000 passenger car units a day and this is likely to increase by over 7% per annum.

FLYOVERS AND INTERSECTIONS

The expressway involved the design and construction of the following flyovers, which included precast, segmental superstructures, Pre-Stressed Concrete (PSC) voided slab superstructures and cast-in-situ PSC continuous superstructures:

  • Rao Tula Ram junction -three lanes
  • Palam junction – three lanes
  • Mahipalpur junction – eight lanes
  • Radison / IGI junction – four lanes
  • Rajokri junction – eight lanes, opened in 2006
  • Shankar Chowk / HUDA Chowk – eight lanes
  • IFFCO Chowk – eight lanes, 90% completed; will open February 2007
  • Small flyover near IFFCO Chowk – eight lanes
  • South City junction – eight lanes, 90% complete; will open February 2007
  • Jharsa junction – eight lanes, 90% complete; will open February 2007
  • Rajiv Chowk – eight lanes, opened 2006