Speed breakers on Bla-Handwara road death traps for commuters
Baramulla, Dec 15: The five speed breakers within half a kilometer road stretch at Janbazpora on Baramulla-Handwara road here have turned into a death trap and traffic hazard.
The speed breakers which are nearly a feet high, have no gradual incline on either side as a result of which everyone who rides a two-wheeler or drives a vehicle gets deceived, locals said adding that these are separated by just 20 yards distance from each other.
Reportedly seven road accidents have occurred due to these speed breakers. The drivers are deceived especially during the evening and night as there are no sign boards signifying the presence of speed breakers.
“Few days ago, two bikers lost control over their vehicle at one of the speed breakers due to which one of the rider, received grievous injuries,” a local Bashir Ahmad told Greater Kashmir, adding the wounded person was shifted to the hospital wherein he went into coma.
Bashir Ahmad said that instead of preventing mishaps, these breakers were turning out to be the major causes of accidents.
According to Indian Roads Congress, a premier technical body of highway engineers in the country, a speed breaker should be 14 feet wide and from the centre it should slope down seven feet on either side. The centre point can only be six inches in height.
The transporters have often raised the issue with the administration. “However, authorities seems to be indifferent towards the matter,” the transporters added.
Farooq Ahmad, a minibus driver said the breakers have become a headache for both drivers and commuters.
“Agencies who construct the speed breakers do not follow the proper norms such as the inclination and height,” he said.
The transporters urged the authorities to dismantle these speed breakers forthwith to save the precious lives.
Compiled by Altaf Baba
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Dec 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Dec 2011 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:00:00 IST
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