Most of the fatal accidents in roads are due to pedestrians preferring surface crossing rather than subways.
However a recent survey conducted, indicates that a large number of people prefer surface crossing rather than subways. One of the contributing factors why the pedestrian abstain the use of subways is because of their dilapidated conditions and neglect. For instance, the TOI, in its recent article, highlighted the pathetic condition of the subway at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. It has been lying in a state of neglect for the past one year. Pedestrians face lot of problems, especially in the evenings, as only one portion of the subway is lit. The pedestrians are at risk in dark subways, as it is dimly lit and filthy. Apart from being dingy, the subway also has a poor drainage system. During monsoon, it gets submerged in ankle-deep water.
As usual the civic agencies tried to pass the buck. However as the issue got publicity through TOI, which gave prominence in its columns, in less than 24 hours, the massive repair and maintenance work was carried out, which transformed the dark subway and it wore a new look with freshly painted walls, new tube lights and clean drains.
Moral of the story, any problems find TOI correspondent to highlight in its paper and you will see light at the other end of the subway. Let us hope that all subways get a rapid transformation and pedestrians get the benefit.