Motorists in the city have a reason to blame hazardous speed-breakers. Many of them are illegal.
According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Traffic Police, there are only 523 speed-breakers in the city which conform to specifications laid out in the Indian Road Congress (IRC).
In May this year, the Delhi High Court had directed the MCD and other local bodies to identify speed-breakers in the city not conforming to IRC guidelines.
The MCD, in a report to the traffic police, claimed to have identified a whopping 2,554 speed-breakers in the city that were either illegal or not constructed as per the guidelines.
The MCD identified these speed-breakers in its 12 zones.
“We have tried our best to adhere to the court order and have either removed or rectified them,” said Ravidas, engineer-in-chief of the MCD.
Moreover, the traffic police is still awaiting a report from other bodies like NDMC, PWD and Delhi Cantonment Board which are involved in construction of speed-breakers in the city. With the other three bodies yet to give in their reports, it is clear that there is still a high number of unauthorised speed-breakers.
“There are still hundreds of unauthorised speed-breakers in the city which are not only vehicle-breakers but they also lead to fatal accidents. Some of these are not even properly painted and cannot be seen in the night, resulting in accidents. There are a high number of such speed breakers in East Delhi,” said Sharafuddin, Director, Institute of Road Traffic Education.
“In many residential colonies residents do not approach the local bodies. Instead they get speed breakers constructed on their own, which in most cases are not conforming to the IRC guidelines,” added Sharafuddin. In case, the residents of a particular area want a speed-breaker in their colony, there is a laid-out procedure for it. There is a committee in the traffic police to look into the construction of speed-breakers, an official said.