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Encroachments are one of the reasons behind road accidents in Delhi: Draft policy

[ecis2016.org] A draft policy on road safety by the Delhi government’s Transport Department, has identified encroachments as one of the reasons behind road accidents and calls for the recognition of the rights of pedestrians

Encroachments on roads, pathways and pedestrian paths, have become one of the reasons for road accidents and congestion, says a draft policy on road safety by the Delhi government’s Transport Department. The draft policy states that “The Delhi government will bring into effect a non-motorised transport policy, to specifically recognise the rights of non-motorised road users, who are disproportionately from the poor sections of the society and will provide for dedicated resources and a policy framework, to ensure a safe accessible road system network for them.”

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The policy, which has been placed in the public domain, also calls for protecting and rewarding those, who help road accident victims and take them to hospital. The objections and suggestions of the stakeholders will be received for a month on the notified draft, following which, necessary changes will be made and it will be sent to the Lieutenant Governor for approval, said an official of the Transport Department.

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“In order to provide safety for vulnerable road users, removal of encroachment on roads and pathways will be strictly enforced and building pedestrians pathways and bicycle lanes in selected areas will be ensured,” the policy states. It directs the government for removal of encroachments and obstructions affecting the full use of roads and particularly use of pedestrian pathways.

In its recommendations for road accident victims, the policy calls for the implementation of cashless treatment for 48 hours, in trauma care centres along national and state highways. It has also recommended placing ambulances at specified distances on highways, between two identified trauma care units. The policy seeks specific legislation from the city government, to protect ‘good samaritans’ helping road accident victims. Pointing that a large number of accident victims do not achieve access to medical care, within one hour of the accident, it asks the government to come up with an award scheme for those vehicle owners, who carry victims of road accidents to hospitals.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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