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Bangalore has a traffic flow of under 19km per hr which is the slowest across metros in India… and to add to this problem are numerous speed breakers blindly put up at each and every junction. According to the latest report, Bangalore has over 1,000 illegal or unplanned speed breakers. Who do you blame for this? The BBMP (city corporation) or the police department?

New type of speed breaker in Bangalore, pic courtesy DNA

You will find a speed bump rite after you cross a junction (residency rd) and sometimes before it also, you will find one just before you get on to a flyover (yeshwantpur) and you will find one on almost any road where an accident has taken place. Guess, the authorities have found a quick fix solution by installing a bump for any and every reason.

Most of the cars both sedans and hatchbacks which have slightly lower ground clearence cannot avoid but scratch their floors while negotiating these bumps and almost 90% of these speed breakers do not have any kind of marking or sign. So, on a dark night you may be taken by complete surprise to find one right in front of you and you have no option but to hope that your vehicle doesn’t get completely damaged. These unplanned bump also result in additional breaking, additional acceleration which results in increased consumption of fuel and emissions.

It took the death of police inspector (who died due to a speed breaker) to finally get the authorities to remove some unscientific road humps but that was almost 2 years back. But its back to where we started off.

New rubber speed breakers which do not damage your car. Pic courtesy TradeIndia

The only solution i see is if we get the government to set-up a special unit to study and then install and maintain these speed breakers.. till then, don’t let your sight out of our roads no matter if you are on a highway or on a city road.

Here is a recent story in Deccan Herald which talk of unauthorized speed breakers in the city.

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