Dangerous cluster road humps on Ring Road
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Dangerous cluster road humps on Ring Road

August 13, 2019

Sir,

The Ring Road on the periphery of our city was constructed for smooth flow of traffic and to de-congest the inner roads by diverting unnecessary traffic and has been a boon for motorists both from within the city and outside Mysuru. Especially, it has been of immense use for heavy transport vehicles which need not enter our city causing huge inconvenience to themselves as well as other traffic within the city.

As if to defeat this very objective, recently huge cluster road humps have been erected on this stretch near the Infosys junction, very near to Seshadripuram PU College on both sides of the road purportedly to slow the traffic near a sharp bend on the road.

These road humps can only be called a cluster of humps with fifteen humps adorning each side of the road and putting the motorists to great inconvenience and grave danger (see pic. above).

It is a pity to see the motorists struggling on these humps being subjected to some kind of a vibration test along with their vehicles. They are so obnoxious and dangerous that the regular users of this stretch of road could easily expect the suspension mechanism of their vehicles to go into disrepair within a year and two-wheeler riders can expect to sustain serious spinal injuries as also lose balance completely resulting in a fall. Big transport vehicles like trailers find it extremely difficult to cross these humps and it is a pity to watch them struggle over these humps.

The Ring Road is under NHAI and hence is a National Highway and forms part of NH-275 and the rules clearly state that no humps should be erected on this road. In spite of this the Traffic Police think that creating roadblocks like this is the only sure way of regulating traffic.

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In this present case, it is understandable that the sharp curve needs some alertness on the part of drivers and a couple of over-speeding vehicles have overturned due to driver negligence. Otherwise the road is smooth, the lanes are marked and is safe for those who follow driving and traffic rules.

Roads cannot be made fool-proof for those reckless drivers by erecting dangerous road humps. These cluster road humps look as if they have been erected with a vengeance and to punish all motorists. They are not safe, they are dangerous.

While it is appreciable that the Police have installed traffic lights at Infosys junction on Ring Road recently, thereby greatly helping the traffic flow, it is equally disheartening that the cluster humps have been erected nearby. Can anybody explain why 15 road humps have to be clustered together in order to slow the traffic while just one, scientifically placed hump would do the job?

The solution on the above stretch of road would be to erect glow signs on the median and on either sides of the road so that they alert the driver on the presence of the rather sharp bend if required especially during night. The present road humps are sure to cause more accidents and harm even those careful drivers while being designed for reining in reckless drivers.

I request the authorities to remove these road humps immediately and help avoid huge inconvenience to motorists.

– Shivaram Nayak, Hebbal I Stage, 8.8.2019

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