Special Correspondent

Authorities given three months to mark them properly

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has given three months to the Transport and Public Works Department to rectify bumpy speed-breakers and mark zebra crossings as specified, in Chennai.

A direction to this effect was given by a Division Bench comprising Justice Dharma Rao Elipe and Justice K. Chandru on a public interest litigation petition filed by Vanishree Gnaneswaran.

The petitioner had prayed for a direction to the authorities concerned, including the Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), to correct the height and breadth of all speed-breakers, install warning boards nearby and paint zebra lines on roads. She also sought removal of unnecessary and unauthorised speed-breakers at various places.

On March 7, when the petition came up before a Bench comprising Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and Justice R. Sudhakar, the Judges directed the authorities to answer three specific queries: Whether zebra crossing is marked near all schools and other important roads and junctions? Is there any programme to mark zebra crossing and other markings at important roads? And whether any bumpy speed breakers existed in any road or crossings, causing damage to motor vehicles?

In his response, Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sunil Kumar submitted that a dedicated team had been formed in all traffic sub-divisions and that efforts would be made to complete the marking of zebra crossings in six months, along with other markings like stop line, yellow line, central line and bus bay.

Chennai city has a total of 310 zebra crossings, Mr. Sunil Kumar added.

As for the speed-breakers, the officer contended there were about 211 bumpy speed-breakers in Greater Chennai City and that civic authorities such as the Corporation, Highways, Municipalities and Panchayats had been asked to examine speed-breakers within their jurisdiction and set right bumpy ones.

He further submitted that appropriate steps were being taken to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists.