Hump ahead, Bengaluru | BBMP to install 150 ‘scientific’ speed-breakers on city roads

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Alarmed by the “high” average speed in Bengaluru (last heard it was around 9 kmph), the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike has decided to lay 150 new “scientific” humps and 80 high raised pedestrian crossings (HRPC) along the arterial and sub-arterial roads of the city. Almost 2,000 km of road is in the scope of this project, which will cost Rs 2 crore.

The city currently has around 2,000 “scientific” humps. Four years ago, a drive was taken up to remove badly constructed humps and nearly 1,500 such impediments were removed.

R Hitendra, Addl CP (traffic), said: “We have recommended humps and pedestrian crossings in many places; mainly near schools and at places that have no pedestrian crossings. The consolidated list has been sent to the BBMP.”

BBMP says it is looking for consultation and supervision in management and quality control before starting the work.

“After repeated asphalting, humps have almost disappeared from Bengaluru roads. Almost four years on, they are going to be re-laid scientifically. The project is being taken up on a request made by the traffic police,” said a BBMP engineer attached with the traffic engineering cell.

Residents, however, are not happy with the move.

“There should be adequate street-lighting where road humps are laid. Otherwise, they become tools for criminals who wait to ambush commuters late at night,” said Chetan Gupta, an IT professional.

Citizens also point to the problem of roads being repeatedly dug up and not patched up properly afterwards. “So often, roads are dug up for laying of power or water lines. Engineers and elected representatives rarely ever look into these matters. Before laying humps, they should fix these issues,” said Bharathi Nikam, a resident of Whitefield.

WHAT’S SCIENTIFIC

According to the Indian Road Congress guidelines, a hump should be at least 3 meters wide, with a central height of just 10 cm for the preferred advisory crossing speed of 25 km/h for general traffic. In 2012, the city traffic police had a joint operation to get rid of unscientific humps from the city. During the time, in just three months, it had identified around 1,700 illegal and unscientific road humps, which were contributing to fatal accidents, mostly involving two-wheelers.