The civic bodies are refusing to follow proper norms for constructing speed-breakers,” said civic activist Prashant Inamdar,convener of Pedestrians First which had demanded setting up a Speed Breaker Committee.
“We had suggested setting up of a Speed Breaker Committee with civic traffic and road department officers,traffic police,traffic experts and activists as members to conduct field trials using other suitable designs that would follow the IRC code. We had also suggested that signages and markings be standardised. We are of the opinion that such a committee will be able to work out a practical and safe solution to the speed breaker problem,” said Inamdar. However,both civic bodies and the traffic police have not responded so far,
When contacted,PCMC chief Asheesh Sharma,who is on leave,said he would ask his officials to do whatever is necessary to get proper speed-breakers in town. Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said,”We have not thought about such a committee yet,but we are compiling a list of speed-breakers in PMC and PCMC limits which do not follow IRC norms. We would be sending the list to the civic bodies and expect them to take appropriate action,” he said.
Inamdar said a speed breaker as recommended in the IRC code may not have the desired effect of reduction of speed to a safe limit. “The IRC code 99-1988 recommends a speed breaker of 10 cm (4 inch) height and 3.7 metre (12 feet) length for reducing speed up to 25 kmph. It has been seen that such a speed breaker is not very effective,”
Inamdar said it is pertinent to note that IRC code 99 says speed breakers can have different heights,lengths,spacings and signs. “Also,IRC code says no particular design is suitable for all types of vehicles using the road. Inamdar said the speed breaker design (10 cm high) as recommended in the IRC code is not adequate for present day traffic conditions in Pune.