PWD starts removing unscientific road humps

The Public Works Department (PWD) has begun removing unscientific road humps on National Highways (NH) and State Highways (SH) in the Karnataka.

The PWD has set June end as the deadline to remove humps to prevent accidents and facilitate smooth flow of traffic.“Directions have been issued to remove all unscientific road humps,” said Nagaraj Murthy,Executive Engineer (NH-division), PWD.

Among the NHs, the Bengaluru-Mysuru NH is known for notorious, unscientific humps. The PWD has identified 108 such humps on this stretch. About 60 of them have been removed so far. However, humps located in the limits of towns such as Ramanagar, Channapatna and Mandya have not been removed, he added.

PWD technical advisor (SH roads) P S Ravi said that a majority of road humps are constructed illegally by local villagers. Local people want the humps so that they can cross the road when the vehicles slow down. But they are unscientific and are not as per the norms of Indian Road Congress (IRC). The PWD officials are coordinating with the local police to decide where to allow humps, he added.

As per the IRC, highways should not have road humps. Speed breakers are allowed near traffic junctions and near hospitals. But they should be flat and should not exceed the height of 15 cm. Steps are being taken to instal such speed breakers wherever necessary, he added.

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