Breaking laws, they put up speed breakers
Although speed breakers are supposed to ensure pedestrians' safety, lack of curbs on the increasing number of bumps on city roads has turned them into a nuisance. Divya Sethi reports.gurgaon Updated: Mar 21, 2012 01:23 IST
Although speed breakers are supposed to ensure pedestrians' safety, lack of curbs on the increasing number of bumps on city roads has turned them into a nuisance.
Many residents allege that speed breakers have mushroomed in their localities in violation of the set guidelines.
Speed breakers are allowed in front of educational institutions, hospitals, temples, and areas where traffic speed needs to be regulated.
A ride around Sushant Lok 1, DLF City Phase 1, Phase 2, Sector 14, 15, 4, 7 and Sector 55 shows how endless number of bumps is a hassle for daily commuters.
"Near Gold Souk Mall, countless speed breakers can be seen without the mandatory yellow or white zebra lines. In some areas, the speed breakers are so high that they led to accidents instead of ensuring safety. Commuters not familiar with city roads are the worst affected," said Usha Kashyap, a resident of Sushant Lok 1. The Indian Road Congress (IRC) guidelines state that an ideal speed breaker should be four-inch high and one-metre wide with 1.25 metres of slope on both sides. However, most speed breakers do not follow these specifications and lead to accidents. People with clout and money get speed breakers constructed near their houses.
"Ninety-five per cent of speed breakers constructed on internal roads of the city are unauthorised and illegal. Nearly every influential person builds one in front of his house," an executive engineer said on the condition of anonymity.
"While there are strict regulations about the height of the speed breakers, there is no limit on their number in the city,” the engineer added.
Taking note of the fact, Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) administrator Praveen Kumar said, "There is no doubt that norms are being flouted in the case of speed breakers. Generally, when a contractor goes to a particular area for road carpeting, residents get a speed breaker constructed without even thinking of the inconvenience they could cause."
"But I have instructed all my engineers to check whether all speed breakers follow the IRC norms," he added.