For motorists, death is lurking just around the corner

Traffic police have a list of 121 spots that are accident-prone all through the year

Updated - October 18, 2016 02:23 pm IST

Published - June 08, 2016 07:48 am IST - Bengaluru:

The list compiled by the traffic police is sent to the authorities concerned for action.

The list compiled by the traffic police is sent to the authorities concerned for action.

Driving in the city becomes a nightmare during the monsoon because of potholes and bad roads but there are 121 spots that are accident prone all through the year. From evergreen potholes to overhanging tree branches that block the view of motorists, these spots can become death traps, say traffic police officers who have compiled a list of ‘black spots’ across the city.

These spots see upwards of five non-fatal accidents or three fatal accidents in a year. National Highway 7, covering Electronics City as well as Kempegowda International Airport, has 30 such black spots.

“It is not always the fault of the motorist. The condition of the roads is anyway pathetic during the monsoon. In several places, the roads are not built in the right way or there are not enough reflectors or signals. Motorists taking the road to Electronics City go at high speeds. If the road is not right, accidents will occur,” says Saurabh Singh, a resident of Singasandra.

The list compiled by the traffic police is sent to the authorities concerned for action. “We generally see if we (traffic police) can do anything to fix the black spot on our own. Otherwise, if engineering work is involved, we approach the civic authorities in charge of the road, like the BBMP or the National Highways Authority of India or the PWD department for State highways,” a senior traffic police officer said.

Commuters say that even major roads, like Inner Ring Road that can handle high speed, have unscientifically placed speed breakers. “They come up suddenly after a curve and the road is broken in several places. During monsoons, these potholes are filled with water making it a dangerous road to travel in," said Kaushik Chatterjee, a resident of Old Airport Road.

‘Potholes are not the only peril’

Fixing a black spot need not always be a costly affair, say experts. With intervention at the right time and the involvement of engineers, they can be fixed without the exchequer incurring a hefty fee.

“Looking at the number of accidents occurring at these places, black spots can be predicted. The civic agency is generally the owner of the road. In Bengaluru, this can mean either the BBMP, PWD or BDA,” said M. N. Sreehari, traffic expert.

Speaking about the common causes of black spots, Mr. Sreehari said reasons could range from tree branches blocking visibility to haphazardly designed footpaths or kerbsides. “Bad illumination of streets and improper design of medians are other causes for the cropping up of black spots,” he said.

Regarding the response of civic agencies to requests to fix black spots, Mr. Hithendra said that they are generally responsive when short-term solutions are involved. “When long term solutions are needed, it takes some time as plans have to be chalked out and funds allocated,” he said.

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