Paint on speed breakers missing in RK Nagar

Residents of Fourth Cross Street in RK Nagar urge Greater Chennai Corporation to create markings on two speed breakers and also add reflectors to them

Published - June 17, 2024 01:05 pm IST

Worse than not having speed breakers is having speed breakers that evade notice. Ask residents of 4th Cross Street in RK Nagar. They have two speed breakers that seem to be doing the opposite of what they are supposed to do: promote road safety. With markings right on the speed breakers having faded to the point of non-existence, the speed breakers are often only “felt” under the wheels by first-time visitors to the locality. Often times, the experience ends in a jolt; sometimes, in a thud.

Local residents report incidents — the minor thuds, if you like — that have resulted in some damage to a motorcycle and a bruise to a motorcyclist. A majority of these incidents have taken place at nighttime, when poor lighting and these unmarked speed breakers form a nexus. The white lines in front of the speed breakers are visible, but they hardly help prevent these “thuds”.

Residents urge Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) to take immediate action by ensuring the speed breakers sport clear markings.

“I almost lost control of my vehicle when I was travelling on this road for the first time. The speed breaker was not visible and it is very bumpy, causing back pain. Its location at the mouth of a cross junction is very dangerous,” says Aishwarya S., a local resident.

“After many complaints, GCC representatives inspected the speed breakers, but they painted white lines a few meters away from the speed breaker, but they are hardly of any help. The inadequate lighting at night causes minor accidents in this area. It would be more useful if the GCC added reflectors to these speed breakers and reduced their height, which would help motorists navigate them more safely,” adds another resident.

A renowned school and a yoga centre (which is frequented by elderly people) are located on this road.

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