Black Spots Part-I

This spot badly needs authorities’ attention

Cut near Green Land School on NH-44 prone to fatal mishaps

This spot badly needs authorities’ attention

The black spot near Green Land school in Ludhiana. Photo: Ashwani Dhiman

Nikhil Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, February 20

The industrial hub of the state has 10 black spots that have witnessed maximum road accidents.

Though the city has 91 black spots, most accidents occur on these 10 spots. Despite taking various measures, the number of road mishaps are yet to be curtailed at these points.

16 lives lost in 3 years

As per information, the black spot near Green Land School on the National Highway-44 needs immediate attention. As many as 16 persons have lost their lives on the spot in three years (2016, 2017 and 2018) by getting hit by speeding vehicles. Most of these victims were pedestrians, cyclists or two-wheeler riders. There is a cut in front of the school. The traffic coming from the Jalandhar side takes the service lane from the cut to enter the city. The portion of the road at the cut is damaged.

As per information, the black spot near Green Land School on the National Highway-44, needs immediate attention. As many as 16 persons have lost their lives on the spot in three years (2016, 2017 and 2018) by getting hit by speeding vehicles. Most of these victims were pedestrians, cyclists or two-wheeler riders.

During a visit to the spot, it was observed that there is a cut in front of Green Land School, Jalandhar Bypass. The vehicular traffic coming from the Jalandhar side takes the service lane from the cut to enter the city. The portion of the road at the cut is damaged. Even buses coming from the Jalandhar side also stop there to drop and pick passengers which creates traffic hurdle on the highway.

The road towards the Bhora village cut is a low-lying stretch due to which people coming from the village side speeds up their vehicles at the slope to take the highway and collide with vehicles coming from the opposite direction.

Even the service lane is inappropriate at several spots. During rainy days, rainwater gets accumulated on the lane and the national highway.

There are many factories on both sides of the road where a large number of labourers are working in two shifts. The labourers do not make use of the underpass and overpass, located at a distance of around 1 km, and cross the highway through unauthorised cuts, due to which they are becoming victims of road mishaps.

Residents of the area said there was a need to construct an underpass and an overpass for pedestrians and two-wheeler riders at every 1 km in populated areas as well as places where factories are located. A speed radar should be installed at the spot. Even a footpath alongside the service lane should also be constructed.

ACP (Traffic) Gurdev Singh said the cut where traffic coming from the Jalandhar side take the service lane to enter the city needed to be repaired and the work was done. Even there was no blinker and the same was installed by the traffic police.

He said a direction board was also installed at the black spot to caution commuters.

The ACP said people should also follow road safety norms to prevent road mishaps.

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