More than 2000 people including factory workers, students of colleges, staff of hospitals and hotels joined hands with NGOs ArriveSAFE and Club D2S demanding safe infrastructure for pedestrians on National Highway that bifurcates Derabassi.
Derabassi police station has recorded 148 road accidents on 7 km stretch between Bhankarpur and Indus International Hospital, Derabassi of NH from 1 Jan 2017 till 30 Apr 2019.
“According to MoRTH, a road stretch of 500m in length in which five accidents (involving fatalities/serious injuries) or 10 fatalities in three years is termed a black spot. This is a black stretch.
We have sent representations to the Transport Minister, Punjab (Chairman, Punjab State Road Safety Council), Project Director, Chandigarh, NHAI and Deputy Commissioner, Mohali for compliance of mandatory specifications prescribed for pedestrians in a time bound manner”, said Harman Singh Sidhu, President of ArriveSAFE.
The Manual of Specifications & Standards for Four-laning of Highways by NITI Aayog, GoI mentions guard railings, fencing and overpass etc. should be provided within a distance of 200m from a school or hospital or factory/industrial area.
“This area has all such facilities and people are forced to risk their lives while crossing the highway. On 1st May we lost Ajay Kumar another factory worker while crossing the highway. He was going to withdraw money from the ATM.” said Ramashankar Pandey, M.D., Hella Ltd.
The members of NGOs and locals held a two-minute silence on roadside on 11th May in memory of the victims while observing the UN Road Safety Week.