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Intersection at iconic Rajghat redesigned to be safer

Intersection at iconic Rajghat redesigned to be safer

Delhi Government, SaveLIFE Foundation, and Delhi Police partner to save lives

In order to save lives on Delhi’s roads, SaveLIFE Foundation with the Delhi’s Transport Dept and Delhi Traffic Police have launched Tactical Urbanism trials at Rajghat to improve road safety in the city

Tactical Urbanism (TU) trials are temporary, quick, and relatively low-cost interventions, which test out urban design, transportation planning and infrastructural changes for improving road safety for all road users, especially the most vulnerable, like pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorised transport users.

As part of the Zero Fatality Corridor (ZFC) Project with the Transport Department of Government of NCT of Delhi, SaveLIFE Foundation will be testing temporary urban design interventions to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users, starting this week. The trials will see road space being redistributed to ensure modal equity, road geometrics being modified, traffic being channelized, vehicular speeds being reduced, and pedestrian and cyclist safety infrastructure being added. The trials are being supported by Swayam Charitable Trust founded by Padma Bhushan Awardee, Dr Ajai Chowdhry.

While inaugurating the trials, Hon’ble Minister of Transport, Sh. Kailash Gahlot said, “Delhi Government is committed to making Delhi Roads safer for all road users. Through these trials, earlier at Bhalswa Chowk and now at Rajghat, we aim to develop a comprehensive network of safe roads and junctions across the city. Such interventions can drive the behaviour change needed from commuters, and the general public, to enable safe road practices in cities.”

Adding to this, Mr. Ashish Kundra, Commissioner of Transport, Delhi said, “The objective of these trials is to insert safety elements for all road users. Since 2016, Rajghat Intersection and Rajghat Bus Depot collectively witnessed 47 crashes,13 fatalities and 51 injuries. These trials are aimed at making the intersection safe for all in an inclusive, cheap and quick manner.”

While talking about the need to support such interventions, Mr. Ajai Chowdhry, said, “Road safety needs to go hand in hand with development. We decided to support this initiative by Delhi Govt and SaveLIFE Foundation given its innovative approach and focus on pedestrians – the most vulnerable of all road users. We hope that this initiative will be replicated not just in Delhi but across all major cities in India”

Commenting on this, Mr. Piyush Tewari, CEO, SaveLIFE Foundation said, “Our zero-fatality corridor model extensively uses evidence to determine the best solution to save lives. At Rajghat, we have followed a 6-point intervention strategy to redesign the junction. All the elements focus on either reducing the speed, or minimising conflict. Through these interventions we have managed to reduce the Pedestrian Exposure Distance by about 50% and Pedestrian Exposure Time by 30%”

The end goal of these trials is to transform high-fatality intersections into high-safety intersections. Following the assessment of the trials and analysis of the impact created, we aim to propose recommendations to the competent authorities for permanent improvements. We thank Delhi Traffic Police, Delhi Transport Department and Swayam Charitable Trust for working with us to carry out these trials in Delhi.

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