Cops say speed breaker that caused fatal accident in Sahakar Nagar lacked permission from the traffic police branch and did not follow norms set by the Indian Road Congress
An illegally constructed speed breaker -- no prior permission of the traffic police branch was taken and it also violated the norms laid down by the Indian Road Congress (IRC) -- claimed the life of a young man in Sahakar Nagar. The deceased was identified as Sanjay Bhoite (32), a resident of Laxmi Nagar. A case of rash and negligent driving was registered against his friend Sanchit Motekar (29), who was injured in the accident.
Police constable S B Shinde from the Sahakar Nagar police station lodged the complaint in this regard.
Get it right: IRC norms mention that a speed breaker should be only
four inches in height, 1 metre broad with 1.25 metres of slope on both
sides. After laying a speed breaker, necessary road signs and markings
should be put in place. Representation pic
Triple-seat on bike
According to the complaint, the accident took place on the road in front of Vinayak hotel in Sahakar Nagar at midnight on July 15. Bhoite was riding pillion with his friends Motekar and Sanjay Warhade (37), both residents of Laxmi Nagar.
In the complaint, Shinde stated: "Motekar was riding the bike in a rash manner and was at high speed; the bikers were going triple-seat. Motekar was going to drop Bhoite at his relative's place and on the way their bike slipped due to the height of the speed breaker. All the three were injured in the accident and admitted to a nearby hospital. Bhoite died while undergoing treatment at the hospital."
Police Sub-Inspector C B Mane from the Sahakar Nagar police station is investigating the case. Police Inspector (Traffic Planning) Vijaykumar Palsule told MiD DAY that the traffic branch's permission was not sought before constructing the speed breaker in front of Vinayak hotel in Sahakar Nagar, because of which the fatal accident took place.
Many speed breakers without proper dimensions have cropped up recently in the city, for which the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has drawn flak from citizens and activists. "The IRC norms categorically mention that the speed breaker should be only four inches in height, 1 metre broad with 1.25 metres of slope on both sides," Palsule said. "Not only that, after constructing the speed breakers, necessary road signs and markings should be made to make the commuters alert about it. If this procedure is followed most of the accidents can be prevented."