In a first of its kind experiment, On 13th July 2016, New Delhi got its first 3D zebra crossing for pedestrians. This crossing is at Rajaji marg in New Delhi. The zebra crossing has an optical illusion that appears to be elevated or three dimensional when viewed from a distance. It aims to slow down the speed of motorists by grabbing their attention.
According to data available in public domain, there is 382 deaths every day i.e. there is one death every four minutes due to road accidents in India. The state of India's roads is such that, during 2014 alone, over 139,671 people lost their lives due to accidents. Given that there is little done to prevent this, The numbers at any given rate are treacherous as well as staggering.
New Delhi Municipal corporation and Delhi Street Art took the initiative of 3D zebra crossings. Completed over a period of 48 hours by a 10 member team of artists and NDMC workers, Rajaji marg crossing was chosen as a location because this spot is centrally located and not too busy and it could be closed for the painting. NDMC chairperson Mr Naresh Kumar said, "The initiative is in the “trial” phase currently and the NDMC will assess its feedback before repeating the plan elsewhere." “Once the Traffic Police is on board, we will consider having more '3D' crossings. We want to grab the attention of drivers, who generally don't respect traffic signs,” he added.
The civic body asked the Traffic police to look at its visibility in night by studying the '3D crossing'. A senior officer associated with 3D crossing said that "The Traffic Police will “wait and watch” if the crossing ends up reducing or increasing accidents on the stretch before giving its assessment to the NDMC" The officer also said that it would take about three to four weeks to see the results in Delhi after the successful experiment in Singapore. A mother-daughter duo painted in a similar manner in Ahmedabad in March in order to curb incidents at accident-prone spots.