To curb the instances of drivers plying vehicles on wrong-side of the road, authorities in Noida have installed tyre killers at the intersection of sector 76-77, making it the first city in the National Capital Region (NCR) to use such a traffic tool, Hindustan Times reported on Thursday, 10 January.
Tyre killers, which according to the report, were installed on Monday, 7 January, are metal stripes with sharp spikes on one side. They can take a vehicle load of upto 40 tons, and have been designed in a way such that they can puncture tyres of vehicles plying on the wrong side of the road.
Pune was the first city in India to install tyre killers, the report said, adding that these were removed within a month, following accidents.
"These (tyre killers) will be safe for vehicles as the design is different this time," the report cited officials in Noida as saying.
"“We had to take the initiative even at some risk as wrong side driving was increasing and enforcement was not helping. We have used a new design that is retractable and safer for those driving on the correct side.” " - Rajeev Tyagi, general manager of Noida Authority, as told to HT
Costing about Rs 17,000 per metre, these have been placed across 11 metres on one side of the road, the report said, adding that a warning signal has also been placed alongside.
“These are also retrofitted on the existing road and are mobile. If the number of people driving on wrong side goes down, and more people start following traffic rules, we can uninstall them and use them on another road,” Tyagi told HT.
According to the report, the Noida Authority is also planning to install tyre killers at the Sector 75 Metro station, near Hoshiarpur U-turn, the Sector 16A flyover and near Sai temple U-turn in Sector 61.
(With inputs from Hindustan Times)
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