Delhi traffic scene ‘pathetic’ during rains: Judge

June 4th, 2008 - 10:06 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) Calling the traffic situation in the capital during heavy rains “pathetic”, the Delhi State Consumer Redressal Commission has asked the city police chief to conduct a scientific study of the areas that are worst hit by traffic snarls. Justice J.D. Kapoor, while slapping a fine of Rs.2.5 million on the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for water-logging in the capital’s roads after heavy rains two years ago, also recommended certain amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“The traffic condition in the capital is the worst and during heavy rains it becomes pathetic. So the need of the hour is conducting a scientific study, particularly as to the lanes and rash driving, as every day so many deaths take place because of it,” Justice Kapoor said Monday while suggesting that the Delhi police commissioner look into the matter.

The city has an estimated five million vehicles. Besides, around one million vehicles from surrounding areas cross Delhi every day. According to Delhi Police, 700 people have been killed in road accidents so far this year, whereas last year 851 people lost their lives due to rash driving.

Justice Kapoor recommended that offences committed under section 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC be made non-bailable.

The order came on complaints made by three lawyers in 2006 when heavy rains lashed the city. The complaint alleged that following the rains, drains started to overflow and resulted in knee deep water-logging in many areas and roads.

This, the complaint said, brought misery and harassment to office-goers and commuters.

Justice Kapoor, while slapping the fine, also pulled up the MCD for making false claims in its affidavit that it had done de-silting and cleaning of the drains by setting up control rooms all over the city and sanitation task forces in each zone.

The state government and the MCD had pleaded that the complainants were not consumers.

Major traffic bottleneck areas include the ITO intersection, Ashram, Chhatrasal Stadium, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, ISBT Kashmere Gate, Dhaula Kuan, Rajghat, Jangpura, South Extension, Defence Colony, Mathura Road, Africa Avenue, Chanakyapuri, Badarpur, Patel Nagar, Adchini and Kalkaji.

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