Pavement markers, distinct signage and traffic cameras that send out instant SMS after traffic violations — none of these have been able to stop bike accidents on Maa flyover. In the third accident on the newly opened stretch that connects to the AJC Bose Road flyover, two bikers lost their lives after their vehicle hit the guard rail at a sharp turn on Wednesday evening. Footage released by traffic police shows one of them falling from the top of the bridge and landing on the pavement. The bike has five pending cases, one of which was lodged moments before the fatal accident.
In a desperate attempt to stop accidents on the busy flyover, the police have now decided to increase the number of automatic speed cameras on the flyover and its approaches. While Maa flyover has six automatic speedometers, cops want four more — two near Captain Bheri and two at Park Circus crossing.
The police said that they have also identified seven-point crossing as the place from where bikes get “unrestricted access to the flyover” without any “checks”. “We have informed Lalbazar that we need access control at this point. Similarly, we want some access restriction for two-wheelers from the Chingrighata side with demarcated lanes,” said an officer.
Lalbazar is also mulling writing to KMDA for specific signboards indicating directions and warnings. A team of experts who conducted security audit of the flyover a few months back had asked cops to streamline traffic flow by putting up proper signage at key points and stressed on streamlining the highest speed allowed at different stretches of the flyover.
Sources, however, said that installation of crash barriers strong enough to stop vehicles from one lane toppling over to the other will have to wait.
According to the findings by Kolkata traffic police, after speedometers were installed, speeding at night on the flyover has come down to 10%-12% throughout the day from over 60% at night and 36%-40% during the day. “If you ever wondered if technology can act as a deterrent, here is the example. This is on a stretch where putting men on top of the flyover to control traffic is extremely difficult,” said an officer.
Source: Times of India