Speed-breakers in the city come in all sizes and shapes,some so small a vehicle can pass without slowing down,virtually making them non-existent and some shaped so oddly that a driver would have to draw up a strategy to cross them. Many irregular speed-breakers are not marked and are so easy to miss that drivers often hit them at high speed. Then there are some giant speed-breakers motorists say are suited for a 200 metre hurdle race. In both Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune city,civic officials do not seem to follow a standard norm,say civic activists.
The concept of an ideal speed-breaker that slows down vehicles but does not cause discomfort to passengers,has started a debate among civic officials.
You tell me what is an ideal speed-breaker, said Pune Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak,when contacted. If we set up one that is small,people object and demand bigger ones, he said.
Activists say both the civic bodies do not follow the Indian Road Congress (IRC) norms. If we follow IRC norms,I dont think citizens would approve of them, said Pathak.
Agrees Prashant Inamdar,convenor,Pedestrians First,An ideal speed-breaker should not damage vehicles or cause much discomfort to drivers and passengers if the vehicle slows down to the preferred crossing speed… Inamdar said speed-breakers should slope gradually. They should slow down vehicles but not cause discomfort to occupants.
Pathak is taking up the issue of an ideal speed-breaker with ward officials. I am holding a video-conferencing with all ward officials on Wednesday and hope to come up with a good suggestion, he says.
Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Asheesh Sharma said he would ask his Traffic Cell officials to survey all speed-breakers in town. I will ask them to survey and study speed-breakers and come up with one that would cause the least discomfort to motorists and two-wheeler riders, he said.
ROAD TO SAFETY
A prominent,retro-reflective,cautionary signboard Speed Breaker Ahead about 50 metre distance.
A series of small,low height rumblers on the road in advance as tactile warning to motorists to reduce speed.
Speed-breaker has to be painted with alternate black and white stripes in chequered pattern.
BlinkerS at speed-breaker locations.