Grieving father’s cry for road safety
DELHI: How do you cope when your beautiful, vivacious, college-going
daughter dies in a car crash?
you dwell on the lost possibilities, on what she could have done
with her life, or do you get on with your life, believing it was
destiny? It’s not easy to even think about it without tears.
But one father has put his personal tragedy behind only to make
sure it doesn’t happen to other parents.
Nidhi Dalmia lost his daughter Amba in a car crash near the Masjid
Moth flyover on November 19 last year. She was 21. The accident,
its cause and the peculiar spot where it took place — where
one flyover ended and 100 metres away another started —
made Dalmia wonder if similar accidents could be averted. He has
in fact written a letter to joint commissioner of police (traffic)
Maxwell Pereira, about what is wrong with the two flyovers and
other factors capable of causing accidents. Among the factors
Dalmia has listed is the fact that towards the end of the Savitri
flyover, there is a blind curve in the right lane with no signages
indicating its existence. This has no place at the end of flyover.
presence of a blind curve should be indicated with a large sign
board. These are the minimal international norms in every civilised
country,’’ Dalmia says. A large gap in the divider
is regularly used by pedestrians to cross
the road and causes problems for drivers who have to swerve suddenly
to avoid hitting them. The distance between the Savitri and Chirag
Dilli flyovers is also inadequate and in the absence of warning
signs, drivers are invariably in a quandary over whether to go
on the flyover or under it. The lighting between the two flyovers
is also poor. ‘‘In fact, Sukhad Ahuja, the lone survivor
of the accident, says this was one factor which caused the accident,’’
He adds that there is a need to enforce a speed limit on flyovers
as drivers tend to come hurtling down.
belts should be made mandatory for passengers in the rear seat
of vehicles as well. Fatal head injuries, he feels, can be avoided
with the use of seat belts. ‘‘Monitoring of alcohol
consumption above the legally prescribed limit should also be
checked strictly,’’ Dalmia says. ‘‘There
should be frequent use of breath analysers, as is done in other
countries. The legal limit may exist but unless it is enforced
seriously by the traffic police it will remain only on paper.’’
This, he feels, is required because more and more people are drinking
and driving with impunity. SBut more than anything, what is needed
is strict laws governing pedestrian movement in the city. They
must not be permitted to cross roads from wherever they like,
which can avert many accidents.
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