Now while driving in Gwalior, you just don’t have to watch for potholes, you also have to watch for dividers (professionally known as Traffic island), you don’t know when you may drive over them. Wednesday evening’s accident on Gole Ka Mandir crossing is the fifth major mishap in past three months. In all these mishaps, either vehicle have rammed on these dividers or have driven over them.
It’s good to hear and sometimes good to see that these dividers are being made in Gwalior to control unhealthy traffic, but if these are being made, it should be done with perfection and proper maintenance should be taken over a regular period of time. Otherwise these turn out to be hazardous for the vehicle owners in Gwalior, some get away breaking their necks, head injuries, some with broken axle and some get away with half-of-a-damaged car.
It all starts when people are overtaking a car or while simply driving in fog and suddenly a road divider starts. There is no luminous signs over them, no lightning over them, it seems that they are saying drive over us someday.
Whose responsibility is to check and repair the broken road dividers? Once again it comes down to systems and their implementation – and we all know how good that is in our city!
Major problem with dividers in Gwalior:
- No design standards for road dividers.
- Uncomfortable while driving near to a divider.
- Some dividers disappear due to repeated recarpeting of roads.
- Some dividers are invisible at night or foggy days.
- Most reflectors are used as a poster boards by people, and once the poster is pasted, reflectors lose their sheen and become less visible, resulting in accidents.
- Concrete blocks are less visible at night-time.
- Use a wide and ditch to separate the two sides, as seen in America.
- Plastic divider blocks.
- Regular proper maintenance.
Here are some pictorial solutions:
The condition of dividers are worst at Station crossing, Gole ka Mandir crossing and the dividers at Bhind road. Drive over there at night someday, even you will agree with us. If your not visiting that place, we have the pictures, spot the divider?