NEW DELHI: Most thoroughfares will soon feature dedicated markings to separate bus lanes from other modes of transport. The Department of Transport, Government of Delhi is implementing a pilot project to improve bus lane road markings in collaboration with IIT-Delhi.
A similar project will be implemented on other main roads maintained by the Public Works Department (PWD).
The pilot project is implemented between the Raja Garden junction and Britannia Chowk to facilitate the movement of non-motorized transport and pedestrians, as well as buses and other vehicles.
In a presentation at the National Road Safety Council meeting chaired by Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday, the department said it would organize training for engineers to harmonize the road marking system on all PWD roads.
The council acts as the supreme body of the state to oversee and monitor road safety measures, advise the government on policies, and prescribe and enforce standards and procedures. It also reviews and formulates schemes, projects and programs and coordinates the functions of all agencies and departments performing functions relating to road safety.
Addressing stakeholders at the meeting, Gahlot mentioned that the role of District Magistrates was critical to the success of road safety initiatives and ongoing discipline in bus lanes. He added that they should be deeply involved in the driving and ensure that the bus lanes are free of encroachments. They further stated that they should use district road safety committees to meet with stakeholders for effective implementation of initiatives.
The Delhi government’s bus lane enforcement campaign has seen over 45,000 challans issued since April 1 during the first phase along the inner and outer ring road. In subsequent phases, all major roads would be covered by the drive.
The Department of Transportation identified 14 fatality-prone intersections, which would be redesigned and improved to reduce accidents. It selected Rajendra Nagar for Overall Road Safety Improvement under its Neighborhood Improvement Initiative. One school in each of the 11 tax districts has been identified for improvement as a safer area.