On Saturday,the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) flattened a speed-breaker near Vaishnodevi Mandir in Indrayani Nagar. In all,the PCMC has demolished six
speed-breakers in the area in the last two days.
The PCMC sprung into action only after an engineer became a victim of the speed-breaker recently. At least 10 two-wheeler riders have been injured at this speed-breaker in the last six months.
Mangesh Badhane (31) of Panvel had come to meet his brother Mahesh Badhane at Padmavati Apartments in Indrayani Nagar. Around 10.30 pm on April 27,Mangesh’s two-wheeler was heading for a shop to buy ice cream when he bumped into the “unwieldy” speed-breaker,fell on the road and suffered serious head injuries. He was admitted to Max Neuro Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries after a brain surgery. “Both sides of his brain were injured. We did our best,but could not save him as his injury was very serious,” said Dr Umesh Phalke,a neuro surgeon.
At the same speed-breaker where Mangesh died,Shilpa Palaskar (35),an accounts department head with a private firm,met with an accident on March 14. Since then she has been bed-ridden. “I was returning home in evening when I suddenly hit the unwieldy speed-breaker. I was not riding fast,but just could not control my vehicle when I approached the speed-breaker. Why is there no standard for setting up speed-breakers?,” she asks.
The same question is posed by Badhane family.
Chandrashekhar Pimparkar,a neighbour,said,”Visibility on Indrayani Nagar is so poor at night that accidents have almost become common. Street lights do not function properly here,” he said.
The Badhane family says it will seek compensation for Mangesh’s death from PCMC. “For no fault of his,my brother had to pay with his life. Our world has collapsed. He has a small daughter and his wife is not working,” said Mahesh. The hospital bill ran up to around Rs 1.25 lakh. Local corporator Seema Savle said she would raise the issue at the civic general body meeting and press for compensation for the victim’s family. “We will insist that the amount be deducted from the road department head who sanctioned the unwieldy speed-breakers,” she said.
PCMC engineer Kiran Andhori said,”We have flattened six speed-breakers on Indrayani Nagar Road. And would now make them as per the Indian Road Congress norms.” When contacted,Mayor Mohini Lande said she would hold a meeting of civic engineers on Monday and direct them to construct speed-breakers that are “not dangerous” for two-wheeler riders. Pradhikaran CEO Yogesh Mhase said,”We have handed over the road to PCMC…Since the area falls under our limits,we will request the PCMC to ensure that speed-breakers don’t become a problem for road users,” he said.