IN A step towards road safety, the BMC is set to identify plantations on major road junctions across the city that act as “blind spots” for motorists. The civic body will make a list of all junctions where plantation or small gardens developed on the dividers are blocking the view of drivers.
Standing Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) chairman S R Tambe had raised the issue before BMC officials. STAC is a statutory body set to help BMC in road and traffic issues. Officials said that in a meeting last month, Tambe had expressed concern that non-implementation of rules on planting trees by the roadside results in blind spots, leading to accidents.
“The chairman had instructed BMC to stop plantations near roads, dividers and on curved portions. Such plantations completely block the view of motorists, who can’t even see from which side a vehicle is coming. In some cases, these plantations cover traffic signals too. These spots create safety concerns not only for motorists but also for pedestrians. In the last couple of years, complaints have been received from motorists about this,” said a STAC member.
The member added, “The plantations also violate an old order issued by municipal corporation, which had barred any tree plantation on roadsides. We have reminded officials to take steps to prevent plantations.”
Officials said there are over 600 traffic junctions across the city and suburbs. An official from the road department said, “We have assured committee members that we are identifying these spots and soon a list will be prepared. We will then start taking action — either removing or trimming trees and ensuring that no new plantation is done in the future on these locations.”