Wednesday 16 April 2014
News updated at 9:40 AM IST
Weather
Max: 34°C
Min : 22.7°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Make way for emergency vehicles

Kusum Kanojia, Dec 11, 2012, DHNS:

Road sense

Many lives can be saved if emergency vehicles like fire tenders, PCR vans and ambulances are given way on busy, traffic-filled roads. But a majority of commuters in the City are insensitive to battling lives and deny passage to these vehicles. Resultantly, these vehicles get stuck in traffic jams.

To ensure that precious time is not lost and people don’t ignore emergency vehicles around them, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has decided to dedicate the right side of almost 162 City roads for emergency vehicles.

According to the proposal sent to the transport department, those found violating the norm will be fined on the lines of lanes reserved during CWG 2010. Normal vehicles, however, will be allowed to ply on the lane during non-emergency situations. A siren will be used to inform commuters when these lanes have to be emptied.


Metrolife talks to experts and commuters to find out feasibility of the proposal since the lanes will be open to general vehicles and getting them emptied might turn out to be chaotic - given the City’s traffic conditions. Rakesh Kumar, deputy secretary, Health and Family Welfare (Delhi govt) and Administrative Officer, CATS, says whether the proposal will yield results, it is a positive step anyway.

Without going into details of how it will be implemented, he says, “It is a positive step. As of now, there are only advisories regarding plying of emergency vehicles. If this system gets in place, all vehicle owners will be liable to give passage to fire tenders, ambulances and PCR vans. But I believe, only a penalty is not sufficient. There is a need for a multi-directional approach that also focuses on sensitising people that a life can be saved with their effort.”

Time and again, Delhi Traffic Police launches special drives and challans vehicles blocking the way of emergency vehicles but largely the offence is largely neglected. The fine for not allowing passage to emergency vehicles is a mere Rs 100, under Sec 7 of the Motor Vehicles Act and how helpful the new proposal will be is the question that everybody is asking.

Rahul Verma, co-founder of Delhi-based Uday Foundation that works for disaster management, says an awareness campaign to sensitise people and better coordination between traffic officials will also be need of the hour to make the proposal a success. “During CWG, it worked but the lanes were dedicated throughout. Penalty helped but people were also aware. The challenge is to get them emptied which is problematic. In Delhi, where motorists race with ambulances, it will be a tedious task. But, at least, it is laudable that such a proposal has come,” he adds.

Citizens believe this proposal puts onus even more on traffic officials and worry if will be implemented well. Deepak Singh, a professional, says, “This one will be tough to follow. Getting the right side of the road empty for one fire tender or a single ambulance will not be easy. Everything depends on how seriously it is implemented.”

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Devotees gather to offer prayers before an idol of Hanuman during Hanuman Jayanti in Hyderabad...

Devotees gather to offer prayers before an idol of Hanuman during Hanuman Jayanti in Hyderabad...

Students of Visva-Bharati University participating in programme on “Poila Baisakh”...

Students of Visva-Bharati University participating in programme on “Poila Baisakh”...

A friendly volleyball match between Indian and Chinese armies officers on the sidelines...

A friendly volleyball match between Indian and Chinese armies officers on the sidelines...

Daily wage laborers arrange lamps to be transported to respective election polling stations...

Daily wage laborers arrange lamps to be transported to respective election polling stations...

Girl students perform Giddha on the occasion of Himachal Day in Chamba...

Girl students perform Giddha on the occasion of Himachal Day in Chamba...

An eunuch dances to celebrate the Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing a third gender category...

An eunuch dances to celebrate the Supreme Court’s verdict recognizing a third gender category...

School girls at voting awareness campaign in Patna...

School girls at voting awareness campaign in Patna...

Woodcutters use a handsaw to cut a cedar log in different sizes in Imam Sahib village...

Woodcutters use a handsaw to cut a cedar log in different sizes in Imam Sahib village...

Haemophilia effected children participating in an event Haemo Utsav 2014 in New Delhi...

Haemophilia effected children participating in an event Haemo Utsav 2014 in New Delhi...

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India during the launch of Mercedes GL 63...

Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India during the launch of Mercedes GL 63...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523