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FREE RUN: Traffic is uncontrollable in Mangalore with no road humps.
FREE RUN: Traffic is uncontrollable in Mangalore with no road humps.

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Spurt in vehicular traffic has compounded the situation

Corporation took a decision two years ago to build road humps at 82 placesThe traffic police have indicated to the corporation the size of the humps to be built

MANGALORE: Mangalore city, which is witnessing a spurt in vehicular traffic, also has some good roads that make driving a pleasurable experience.

Many of the roads have been either concreted or paver-finished. This probably explains the snazzy motorcycles and the flashy fast cars that zip through the city roads like they never could do before. Buses can also test their limit on some stretch.

But the casualty of this road rage has been safety. Road users, particularly cyclists, senior citizens, women and pedestrians, are the worst affected.

The city presently does not have a policy on speed control. The Mangalore City Corporation, which took a decision two years ago on building road humps inside 125 sq.km. of the city area, is yet to work in this regard. The decision to build road humps in 82 places in the city is yet to be implemented.

Many of the concreted roads in Mangalore pass through thickly populated areas where pedestrian movement is high. The five-km stretch from Bunts Hostel Circle to Kottara Chowki has road humps at only two places near Kodialguthu Cross and the officers quarters at Hat Hill which don't seem to be of much help in curbing over-speeding by vehicles.

Measurement

The traffic police have indicated to the corporation the size of the humps to be built.

They have brought to the notice of the Commissioner and the Mayor that the humps should be 1 ft in height and should slope on either side.

The top of the humps should be well-rounded so that all vehicles passing over them compulsorily slow down and the passengers do not feel a jerk.

Speaking to The Hindu , Superintendent of Police B. Dayananda said road humps in Bangalore are of the right measurement while those laid on various roads in Mangalore do not conform to the required standard.

He said though there was no standard set for laying speed-breakers, care should be taken to ensure that the driver or rider did not lose control of his/her vehicle while going over a road hump. These structures should not be taken lightly as past experience had shown that they had been the cause for accidents.

The traffic police have requested the corporation to lay speed-breakers under their supervision.

Works Committee chairman Bhaskar Moily said he would advise the Engineering Department officials to study the safety aspect before laying road humps.

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