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In 18 months, no new speedbreakers in city

mumbai Updated: Dec 11, 2010 01:51 IST
Sujit Mahamulkar
Sujit Mahamulkar
Hindustan Times
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Even as accidents are on the rise because of speeding vehicles, for the last 18 months, the municipal corporation has not placed speedbreakers on the 1,900-km network of roads in the city.

Officials from the road department said the corporation has sent several proposals to the traffic police, asking them to issue no-objection certificates to install speedbreakers, but they are pending.

"At least 1,000 permissions are pending with the traffic police department. Most of these permissions are for locations near civic schools," said Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee, who is pursuing the matter.

"According to a 2005 high court order, we have to take permission from the traffic police before installing a speedbreaker. We have not laid any speedbreaker as per proper specifications from the Indian Road Congress for the last one-and-a-half year," said an official from road department.

"A spot on VN Purav Marg near Chembur naka and Ghatla civic School is accident-prone. The local ward office wrote to the traffic police seeking permission to install a speedbreaker there, but the proposal is yet to get clearance," said Shewale.

But Vivek Phansalkar, joint commissioner of police (Traffic), said: "I have not received any letter yet. But we will look into the matter once there is a correspondence from the BMC."

In 2005, the high court, while hearing a public interest litigation filed by the NGO, the Welfare Organisation for Road Safety and Prevention of Accidents, regarding illegal speedbreakers on main roads in urban and rural

Maharashtra, said no speedbreakers can be installed without permission from the traffic police.

Moreover, replacing or creating new speedbreakers would have to be done in accordance to the guidelines laid down by the Indian Road Congress specifications in 1996.

According to them, the city has more than 1,000 speedbreakers of which 405 were unauthorised and demolished after the high court order.