Chirag Dilli road as deadly as ever
DELHI: It is a deadly stretch of road, all 200 metres of it from
the Savitri flyover to the Chirag Dilli flyover. Five young people
lost their lives here in November last year, but even after a
public outcry and requests by the traffic police, the government
is yet to act on making it safer.
that is needed are a few traffic signs to tell drivers where to
head and some pieces of railing to keep wandering pedestrians
off the road. In any modern city these would have been easily
put in place. But for all of seven months nothing has been done.
police took till April this year to conduct a study. Its findings
and a request for urgent action have gone to the Public Works
Department which has been sitting on the file.
Nidhi Dalmia, whose beautiful daughter Amba was among the young
people who died at this stretch, wrote to joint commissioner,
traffic, Maxwell Pereira saying how easily the stretch could be
is a very serious matter. The two flyovers are close to each other.
And we have a camel hump roller-coaster effect on the curve which
is close to the run-up to the Chirag Dilli flyover," says
Pereira. But speeding vehicles down the Savitri flyover are still
in danger of running into pedestrians who cross the road through
missing railings on the central verge.
than 50 metres away is a blind curve which leaves motorists confused
— whether they should go straight or take the sharp left
turn. In the absence of any big signboards telling drivers that
the small road leads to Sheikh Sarai on Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg
and the sharp right turn would take one to the Chirag Dilli flyover,
confused drivers on this busy road take sudden left or right turns.
his letter, Dalmia had stated: "The presence of a blind curve
should be indicated with a large signboard." Just one very
small circular board exists, which most motorists fail to notice.
those taking the right turn for the Chirag Dilli flyover, pedestrians
scurrying across the road again poses a problem.
a subway is there near the flyover, there are no signboards declaring
its presence. Hence it remains unused.
again, at the base of the Chirag Dilli flyover motorists are confronted
with the choice of either ascending the flyover or taking a right
turn to reach Greater Kailash or Sheikh Sarai. In the absence
of any overhead luminous signboard, motorists have to suddenly
swerve to the left or right.
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