Cops identify mishap-prone points

Kathmandu, June 11:

Be alert if you are driving around Gongabu, Sorakhutte, Kalanki, Tinkune and Satdobato, for these intersections recorded the highest number of accidents this year.

Chabahil-Bouddha, Tinkune, Airport, Maitighar, Kalimati, Thankot and New Baneshwor are other intersections included on the list of top-ten accident-prone areas. The list was prepared by the Metropolitan Police Traffic Division (MPTD), Ramshahpath.

According to the MPTD, Gongabu and Sorakhutte saw 122 accidents, while 114 accidents occurred at the Kalanki point during this fiscal year (2006-2007). Both Tinkune and Satdobato saw 112 accidents.

Last fiscal year, Satdobato and Gatthaghar had topped the list of accident-prone areas with both registering 131 accidents. Kalanki remained second on the list with 114 accidents and was followed by the Chabahil-Bouddha point.

“Most of the accidents take place during 7 to 8 am and 7 to 11 pm,” SP at the MPTD Govinda Prasad Poudel said. According to him, absence of road marking, road signs, encroachment of green belt and slow-moving vehicles make Gongabu the most accident-prone area.

Empty roads, speeding, driving under influence of alcohol and steep roads make the Sorakhutte area accident-prone.

“Ever-busy roads, narrow lanes, lack of overhead bridges and flow of pedestrians cause accidents in Kalanki,” Poudel added. He said that the MPTD was thinking of providing more resources to on-field traffic police to minimise the number of accidents in the areas.