What the Noida Police thought was its resolution to resolve traffic snarls, has became an issue. The flailing concrete arms of continuously encountered U-turns dotting all arterial roads in Noida had been designed to ease traffic congestion or add to the comfort of residents. As a substitute, they’ve develop into killers.
The concrete arms blocking a portion of the carriageway marking a U-turn is a Noida-specific design not seen in some other metropolis of the Nationwide Capital Area (NCR). These U-turns have been a trigger for concern up to now years and extra not too long ago led to no less than two deadly crashes in a month at a single level.
There are no less than over 40 such U-turns on all arterial roads of Noida that stand proud of the excessive concrete central verge.
Early within the morning on January 22, a 30-year-old man was charred to dying after his rushing automobile rammed right into a U-turn and caught hearth close to Sector 59 Metro station. Round a month in the past, a bus additionally rammed into the divider of the identical U-turn. However there have been no fatalities.
The authorities are additionally conscious of the issue triggered due to these U-turns. They’ve acknowledged that these misconceived U-turns are defective, want design modifications and have develop into accident-prone spots of their present kind.
“There have been complaints up to now too and surveys had been performed. We plan to get the U-turn design checked once more from subsequent month onwards and can take opinion from specialists as effectively,” stated deputy basic supervisor (traffic cell), Noida Authority, SP Singh.
In 2022, the Noida Police had stated that it will put together an inventory of all such accident sizzling spots, together with these U-turns that jut out abruptly encroaching into the center of the highway unannounced within the absence of signage or warning indicators.
The listing had to be ready utilizing information from the built-in highway accident database (iRAD), a Central authorities accredited system used to create a database of all crashes throughout the nation.
In accordance to deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Anil Yadav, they’ve mentioned the U-turn designs up to now as effectively and have knowledgeable the Noida Authority about how these (designs) have been inflicting crashes.
“We had, particularly, talked about the U-turn in entrance of Hyde Park society in Sector 78. We hope that some motion can be taken quickly,” he stated.
These 50-odd U-turns, the concrete arms of which jut out into the center of the traffic, have turned issues the mistaken method each for the traffic police and commuters.
Commuters have lengthy been complaining that these U-turns are harmful and might trigger deadly accidents, particularly at evening, extra so throughout winters when there are visibility points owing to fog.
One case that stands out as essentially the most baffling is the U-turn close to Gate 2 of Sector 15A. This U-turn, which is in the midst of fast-running traffic on the Noida Expressway, connects two fast-paced traffic lanes on both aspect, one thing that’s not advisable.
One other traditional case is the highway from Hoshiarpur to Noida Metropolis Centre. The highway from Hoshiarpur in Sector 51 to the Logix Mall has introduced to gentle one other menace brought on by these U-turns.
Automobiles, particularly two-wheelers, blatantly strategy these U-turns from the mistaken aspect for a brief minimize. This has additional added to the litany of harmful highway traffic points brought on by these U-turns.
The U-turns on the Parthala Chowk to Sector 71 highway is one more menace. Firstly, the lumen of the U-turn is slim. Secondly, the intervention is utilized by commuters to transfer to a service lane that feeds into residential societies.
Commuters have lengthy rued that they’ve to negotiate high-speed traffic coming from Sectors 120, 119 and many others. to proceed in the direction of the service lane.
In one other instance, your complete highway from 7X sectors to Sector 62 that merges with the Meerut Expressway is dotted with such U-turns — the primary reason for painful traffic congestion throughout peak hours and sluggish motion even in any other case.
“Now we have made innumerable complaints about these U-turns. At some locations these are slim, at different locations they seem all of a sudden on a congested highway, forcing commuters to change lanes in a rush. These are badly made and have been main to crashes,” stated Brajesh Sharma, a resident of Sector 76.
Residents added that the U-turn design can be complicated and unscientific as the concrete partition seems all of a sudden on the suitable aspect that’s supposed to be the fast-moving overtake lane.
In accordance to Vishnu Saini, a transport marketing consultant and resident of Sector 137, individuals drive quick on the suitable aspect, as it’s supposed to be the overtake lane. For U-turn, there’s a correct signage and deacceleration lane. It isn’t offered right here so that folks can cut back velocity.
“There’s additionally no margin lane for autos which are merging with fast-moving traffic. Additionally, most of those U-turns are at crowded locations that add to the confusion amid heavy traffic,” he added.
Specialists counsel utilizing Transverse Bar Markings (TBMs) and signage as cost-effective options to cut back speeds earlier than reaching the purpose.
In accordance to city planning specialists, controlling velocity is the one method to cut back crashes at these factors.
“As a substitute of the concrete crash boundaries wire ropes must be used and clear signages have to be put up no less than 100 metres earlier than, main up to the U-turn,” stated S Velmurugan, chief scientist and head of traffic engineering and security division of Central Street Analysis Institute (CRRI).
The knowledgeable stated the thought is to cut back velocity earlier than the autos attain the U-turn and never on the location of the U-turn.
He added that the signages together with the TBMs are among the many most cost-effective options, in contrast to altering the design. Using thermoplastic paint is usually recommended for these markings.
“TBMs are markings on the highway that alert commuters upfront that there’s U-turn or a crash susceptible zone forward. Drivers will decelerate seeing these markings and it will make sure that even when there’s a crash, its influence can be much less and there won’t be a fatality,” stated Velmurugan.