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Remove illegal speed barriers within a month: Delhi HC

  • The traffic pangs which have been plaguing the National Capital has to end. The Delhi HC took a small but essential step towards the cause by directing every illegal speed barrier constructed without the knowledge of the Traffic Police to be removed within 4 weeks.
    A bench of Justices B D Ahmed and Sanjeev Sachdeva said speed breakers constructed on public roads without authorization or recommendation of traffic police and not conforming to prescribed norms are "unauthorized" and must be removed.

    The high court gave four weeks to all civic bodies-the three municipal corporations, public works department, New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Cantonment Board and Delhi Development Authority-which are responsible for maintaining the roads in the capital.
    The court also directed the Traffic Police and the authorities to see to it that the constructions of any illegal speed barriers which do not conform to Indian Road Congress and the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre is not carried out.
    The court said that plastic or PVC speed breakers must also be removed if they fail to conform with the guidelines and if they haven't been cleared by the traffic police. The high court also directed the agencies to put up signage, according to the guidelines, which will help the commuters to know there is a speed breaker.
     
    The bench made it clear that its directions "shall be strictly complied with" and warned that in case of non-compliance, it "would be constrained to take coercive action". The court was hearing two PILs filed against the construction of speed breakers without compliance with the guidelines. One of these was filed by Guru Hanuman Society, an NGO. The PIL wanted directions from the court to remove all the "ill-designed speed breakers constructed since March 2014".
    It argues that while Indian Roads Congress has given particulars of sharpness, thickness, slope and indicated how many rumble strips must accompany a speed breaker, the civic agencies have not followed it, thus increasing the risk for the commuters.
     

    OUR TAKE

    The decision of the Delhi HC is a much awaited one. With constructions going on around the city to remove the BRT Corridors, the need for speedy “de-construction” and removal of such illegal speed barriers is also important. It would ensure the safety of not only the commuters but also the pedestrians.
     


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