Death of 27-year-old woman highlights safety at Golf Course Road in Gurgaon

The fatal accident of a 27-year-old womanwho was killed late Wednesday night after her car crashed into a subway pillar on Gurgaon Golf Course Road (GCR), has again highlighted the safety issues along the stretch of 8 km long, which has high-end condominiums, commercial office complexes and shopping malls. on each side.

Road safety experts said the stretch from Golf Course Road to Cyber ​​City has claimed more than 30 lives in the past three years. In Wednesday’s incident, the victim’s mother alleged in her complaint to police that an unknown vehicle brushed her daughter’s car, causing it to crash into a subway pillar. In March, four restaurant workers were killed after a car rammed their motorbikes near Arjun Marg. In December 2021, two law students were killed after their car was hit by an unknown vehicle near the Marble Market.

In the aftermath of the March incident, officials from the Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority, National Highways Authority of India, traffic police and road engineering experts had carried out an inspection and announced a safety audit of the entire route of the golf course, to reduce accidents and check driving on the wrong side. Several months later, the audit is not yet complete, officials said.

Sewa Ram, an expert in urban transport system design and a faculty member of Delhi’s School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), said: “The road has several design flaws. GCR should have established and defined speed limits and proper signage for commuters. Failure to do so can lead to confusion and speeding, especially when entering and exiting underpasses. The U-turn near Bristol Chowk on the MG road is close to the surface of an underpass which is dangerous and can lead to collisions when passing vehicles at high speed. The continuity of the trail was not maintained in sections. In terms of land use, with several commercial and residential properties looming over the road, problems are compounded for pedestrians, cyclists and two-wheelers, who are vulnerable to accidents at many intersections.

Experts said wrong-side driving is another major concern on several stretches of the road. “Several vehicles heading towards Sikanderpur/Cyber ​​City come out of Arjun Marg taking the forbidden turn and drive on the wrong side to enter the other carriageway. At the Sector 53/54 roundabout near the station underground where the recent accident occurred, a similar problem persists with vehicles engaging in driving on the wrong side of the service road.Traffic rules must be enforced and additional deployment of police personnel can help respond. to some of these concerns. There needs to be a detailed audit to look at these issues,” said a road safety consultant, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Officials said they installed rumble strips, cat’s eye road studs, speed cameras and other measures to prevent accidents.

Amit Godhara, Executive Engineer, Infrastructure-1, GMDA said, “A safety audit has been commissioned from the developer maintaining the road and the report is awaited. Once the investigation is complete and a report finalized, corrective action regarding the design or any other issues should be taken. Speeding is something that happens everywhere, but we are looking at these issues.

Meanwhile, the traffic police said that to limit accidents and for better traffic management, a plan to set speed limits on all major sections and internal roads in the city has been approved after an audit. . Currently, a generic speed limit is enforced across the city.

“For all major arteries, a speed limit of 50 km/h for light vehicles and 30 km/h for heavy goods vehicles has been proposed, while on national motorways, a speed limit of 70 km/h for light vehicles and 40 km/h for heavy vehicles. hr for heavy goods vehicles will be imposed,” said Ravinder Tomar, DCP traffic.

Denise W. Whigham