‘Speed breakers in Pune make sense only if they are recognisable’
As per the Indian Road Congress (IRC) guidelines, a speed breaker should be built as a rounded hump of 0.10 metre height and 3.7 metre width, with a 1.5 metre ramp on both the sides.pune Updated: Jul 11, 2017 14:25 IST
In paradox to the true intent of installing speed breakers, to prevent accidents by checking the speed of vehicles, a 48-year-old citizen points out the other side of the coin: How ill-maintained and frequent speed breakers cause mishaps.
“Only two weeks ago, a girl in her twenties, riding a Scooty skid on a speed breaker and fell in front of me. The accident took place on the Prince of Wales Drive Road, near Girme Marathi School,Wanwadi. The injuries weren’t fatal, but she had to be taken to a nearby hospital. The cause of mishap was that the paint on speed breaker was completely worn out leaving motorists and drivers unaware about the speed bumps, and the area is not even lit adequately,” said Jaideep N Malaviya, a resident of National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM) and daily travels to Camp area.
This is not an isolated case of accident due to speed breakers. In 2016, a 28-year-old Pune-based microbiologist had succumbed to her injuries after her bike skid on a speed-breaker and went on to hit an electricity pole, near Nana Peth area. In the same year, a Tata Indigo Manza sedan met with an accident, early in the morning near National Institute of Bank Management (NIBM), Pune.
“On long stretches like these people usually hit on the accelerator especially during the wee hours, and for these reasons having speed breakers makes sense only if they are recognisable. Imagine early in the morning, or late at night, in this poor lighting you can hardly see those unmarked speed breakers. Plus, the heights of some of them is too high, and questionable with respect to the IRC guidelines,” Malaviya said.
As per the Indian Road Congress (IRC) guidelines, a speed breaker should be built as a rounded hump of 0.10 metre height and 3.7 metre width, with a 1.5 metre ramp on both the sides. The speed breakers, should be marked with alternate black and white paint, and for better visibility during the night, luminous paint should be used. Further, 40 metres before the speed breakers arrive, signboards warning riders should be placed. IRC also makes it mandatory to maintain the speed breakers at regular intervals.
However, the aforementioned guidelines had been flouted in many of the roads around the cantonment area. Some of the roads pointed out by Malaviya were, Bhairoba Nala to Lulla Nagar stretch, Lulla Nagar to Golibar Maidan and Kendriya Vidyalaya Army Area to Race Course and further down to Turf Club. “There are almost six speed breakers in the stretch from Lulla Nagar area to Golibar Maidan, all unmarked, with no signboard around at all. Three days back, near this stretch, a Chevrolet car had also met with an accident due to an unrecognised speed breaker, although the passengers were unharmed, the car had experienced minor damages,” he added.