Since 1981, vehicles have increased 21 times in Delhi, roads have doubled: Report


The amount of blood circulating in an individual depends on his height and weight, but the average adult man has nearly five liters of blood circulating through the body using veins and arteries, supplying oxygen. oxygen and other nutrients every second.

But what would happen to the human body if the volume of blood or nutrients it carries were doubled or tripled? Most likely, the arteries would burst!

Like veins and arteries, roads in a city perform the same function. A city’s decongested and properly maintained roads keep it alive and thriving. But sadly, the ever-growing population and economic development may one day “clog the city’s veins”, suffocating it to an untimely death.

Delhi is one of the cities that suffers from this problem.

The number of motor vehicles on Delhi’s roads has increased about 21 times over the past three decades, while the length of roads has only doubled.

According to an annual report prepared by the Delhi Traffic Police, there were over 1.22 crore registered vehicles of all categories in Delhi in 2021.

Although the number of motor vehicles has increased about 21 times between 1981 and 2021, the length of roads has only doubled from 15,487 km to 33,198 km during the period under review.

Thus, the density of vehicles per km2 has increased in several ways. Theoretically, there are 371 vehicles per km2 in Delhi.

The ever-increasing congestion of the capital’s roads has resulted in numerous transport problems. The traffic volume on the main corridors has almost crossed the road carrying capacity threshold. With the increase in population and the increase in the number of vehicles on the road, the chances of accidents have also increased.

The heterogeneity and scale of the vehicle fleet, the unpredictability of human behavior, economic constraints, insufficient road markings and signage, faulty road design, deficiencies in vehicle design, are some of the factors leading to road accidents in Delhi.

In addition to this, drunk driving, speeding, overloading, violation of traffic rules are the common causes of traffic accidents.

According to traffic police, as many as 1,239 people lost their lives in road accidents in the nation’s capital in 2021, while 4,273 others were injured.

In 2020, Delhi reported the highest number of road traffic deaths (1,196), followed by Chennai (872) and Bangalore (646).

Furthermore, due to the rapid development of the National Capital Region and especially the satellite cities around Delhi such as Noida, Gurugram, Manesar and Sonepat, the capital is facing the added weight of an influx of traffic volume higher, thus congesting important inter-state highways and highways connecting the city.

Undoubtedly, it is a daunting task to maintain traffic in a city with such a large population and number of vehicles. However, traffic police officers say they effectively enforce the law on the road.

The app is needed to make people obey road safety laws. Effective enforcement is the main deterrent to ensuring road discipline and also to increasing public awareness.

“In 2020-2021, strategies for pursuing errant road users were proactively developed, reducing the number of accidents. The focus was on quality selective pursuits to maximize the positive impact of enforcement of the traffic discipline law,” officials said.

In 2021, a total of 13,23,556 onsite challans (1,78,634 dialed and 11,44,922 in court) and 65,69,985 notices (8,02,552 dialed and 41,71,650 in court) were issued and an amount consisting of Rs 9,79,80,500 and Rs. 71, 82, 19,300 respectively were made.

The charge includes one-off challans by roundabout staff, notices issued on complaints received on social media or through the Roadside Helpline, Traffic Sentinel, RLVD, OSVD and Interceptors, etc.

According to traffic police officials, 2020 and 2021 have been particularly difficult for them due to the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown and requirement for social distancing in all aspects of life.

“Traffic police have adapted to new realities and fine-tuned enforcement strategies. Due to the need for social distancing, the prosecution campaign which requires face-to-face interaction with offenders has been put on hold. and electronic pursuits via “Violation on Camera App”, Gantry-mounted red light violation detection camera and speeding violation detection camera were chosen for traffic enforcement” , they said.

The installation of camera violation detection systems has helped the traffic police a lot in enforcing traffic laws in times of Covid.

While the number of one-time challans increased from 10,99,414 to 13,23,556, the number of reviews decreased from 1,27,03,559 to 65,69,985. This mainly happened due to the installation of an RLVD camera system at 37 major intersections and an OSVD camera system at 100 locations. This electronic application has proven to be a milestone in the area of ​​contactless pursuit.

(Ujwal Jalali can be contacted at [email protected])



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