Carelessly removed speed humps are a bigger nuisance

“I dread driving over roads on which the speed-breakers have been removed haphazardly. When I drive over the dug out portion, I can feel the impact on my back,” said a harrowed Bansuri R. (name changed).

Bansuri is a chronic spondylitis patient, who gave up riding a two-wheeler for a car. Now, even the car cannot shield her back due to the indiscriminate cutting and removal of the speed humps on many city roads.

Disha Adiga, a resident of Malleshpalya, said that the speed humps have been removed carelessly using earthmovers, leaving behind an uneven road surface. “This is worse than a speed-breaker. There is no way one can negotiate over this surface properly. It is dangerous, particularly at night,” she said.

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials said that the Traffic Police had identified over 1,600 “unscientific” speed humps across the city. The list has been sent to the BBMP's zonal offices. They were deemed unscientific as they did not conform to the norms laid down by the Indian Road Congress.

No coordination

The Traffic Police have already started removing the speed humps. However, it falls on the BBMP to level the road surface after they are removed. But, due to lack of coordination between the BBMP and the Traffic Police, the engineers of the civic body have not been able to take up the patch work.

Even medical practitioners stressed that the speed humps are not good for the back. According to S. Balaji Pai, Head of the Department of Neurosurgery, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), the speed humps and the uneven road surfaces are bad for the back. “Motorists are likely to suffer from cervical or lumbar disc problems. Those prone to osteoporosis are at risk,” he said, adding that the civic authorities should put up speed humps scientifically and remove it also in the same manner.

Official's take

Meanwhile, M.A. Saleem, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic), conceded that nearly 75 per cent of the unscientific speed-breakers had been removed already. He claimed that the Traffic Police were coordinating with the BBMP officials while removing them. “The BBMP has already taken up levelling of the road surface,” he claimed.

When it was pointed out that in several areas, the road surface had not been levelled, he said he would take it up with the BBMP officials.