BANGALURU: In an attempt to reduce the number of accidents, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will now provide for scientific humps and High-Raised Pedestrian Crossings (HRPC) on various roads across the city.
In BBMP limits, there is 1,940 km of arterial and sub-arterial roads. Under the Nagarottana scheme, the state government has approved taking up of work to provide scientific humps and HRPC on arterial and sub-arterial roads at a cost of close to Rs 2 crore.
The BBMP Road Infrastructure Traffic Engineering Cell has now called for tender for the work.
The last day to apply is December 28. At present, the BBMP, in consultation with the Bengaluru Traffic Police, have planned for 175 scientific humps and 75 HRPC across city.
The state government is releasing funds for this.
A senior official from BBMP said that most of the road humps in the city were not laid scientifically. Some of them were done by those, who dug up the road. “If BWSSB, BSNL or any other agency digs the road up after it is asphalted, the dug-up portion is filled with mud and that makes it look like a hump. Over a period of time, this portion becomes concave,” a source said.
An official pointed to the fact that BBMP has so far not had uniformity for the humps. “One can see different shapes and sizes of humps in the city. Now the BBMP is keen to provide uniformity with standard rules,” he said.
No Humps on Major Roads Speaking to Express, Traffic Expert Prof M N Sreehari said that as per Indian Road Congress( IRC) standards, there should be no speedbreakers on major roads. “However, on minor and smaller roads, if it is inevitable, they can provide humps. It should be 2.5 metre width, the central height of humps should be 15 cm. The shape should be parabola. The humps should be well illuminated with two advance sign boards. But these are only for minor roads,” he added.
Even the court said no humps in city major roads. “If State government or BBMP has approved for humps, someone can go to court. This is nothing but to make money,” he alleged.