In a bizarre reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application concerning speed breakers, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) asked the applicant to furnish the Supreme Court guidelines as officials didn't have them.
RTI activist, Jagjit Singh Walia, had written to the civic body seeking information on the parameters that govern construction of speed breakers in the city, among other questions. The authority, however, said that they had no knowledge of the Supreme Court norms and they would be obliged if the applicant could furnish the same.
Commenting on this faux pas, Huda administrator, Parveen Kumar, said, "It reflects badly on the department. I will look into the matter and the applicant would get an answer."
In Gurgaon, speed breakers have turned into a nuisance with their ever-increasing numbers.
In his application, Walia had sought information on the number of legal speed breakers in the city. The administration, surprisingly, had no reply.
As per guidelines, speed breakers are only allowed in front of educational institutions, hospitals, temples and spots where traffic congestion is a regular. Drive around Sushant Lok I and you will see an endless numbers of speed breakers, as is the case in DLF City Phase I & II, Sector 14, 15, 4, 7 and 55. "Ninety-five per cent of the speed breakers on internal roads of the city are unauthorised. Nearly every influential person builds one in front of his house," said an executive engineer.
"Though there are strict regulations regarding the height and width of speed breakers, the authorities have failed to curb the menace. Most speed breakers that flout these norms cause accidents," he added.
According to the Indian Road Congress, a speed breaker should be only four-inches-high, one-metre-broad and with a slope of 1.25 metres. After laying a speed breaker, road signs and markings are mandatory.