Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Oh hump! Is this an official one?

Oh hump! Is this an official one?
BBMP will remove unauthorised speed-breakers on arterial and sub-arterial roads; official ones will have to adhere to certain specifications, including having warning signs nearby
B K LAKSHMIKANTHA


Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to do something about the countless road-humps across the city that are famous for slowing traffic and springing nasty surprises on ignorant motorists.
To begin with, the unauthorised ones on arterial and sub-arterial roads will be removed.
Secondly, at present the humps come in various sizes and shapes, but, henceforth, there will be only two types — speed-breakers and another for pedestrian crossing.
DCP (Traffic, West division) Pandurang Rane says, “The BBMP consulted us on this project. The aim is to ease traffic flow and avert accidents.”
The project began six months ago. As of now, work on remodeling 411 road humps is going on. It is expected to cost Rs 3.50 crore.
WHAT ABOUT HUMPS IN MY LOCALITY?
Within localities, it is rare to find any stretch of road without a hump. Often, locals catch hold of the local road contractor or engineer and pressure them to construct a hump citing speeding vehicles. Such humps are illegal and do not have a standard size or shape. More often than not, they are unmarked and can be hazardous at night.
To put an end to this problem, BBMP has given clear instruction to all zonal officials and local contractors not to bow to pressure from the public for unauthorized humps. The concerned area engineer and the local contractor will be held responsible in case such illegal humps lead to accidents or other untoward incidents.
HUMPS: THE NEW RULES
Length: 3 to 3.5 m Height: 12 to 15 cm Will come with cat eyes or reflectors 'Hump Ahead' signboard will be installed nearby Humps will be allowed near schools, colleges, malls, hospitals, bus stands, commercial areas.
SPECIFICATIONS for raised pedestrian crossings
Length: 6 m Flat surface: 3 m Height: 12 to 15 cm
The BBMP will build at least 285 of these humps.

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