Scooters and bikes negotiate the stretch in Ranchi on Tuesday. Picture by Hardeep Singh
A 5km accident-prone stretch in the heart of Ranchi has been fortified with rumble strips, forcing vehicles to a crawl and putting a check on the mishap meter.
Expressing satisfaction, local residents and establishment owners of Bariatu Road said there was an urgent need for speed-breakers, as previously accidents were common on the busy stretch that witnesses 25,000 vehicles daily. And the average speed of the vehicles then used to 50 to 80km per hour, which has now been brought down to 10km per hour.
Notably, the Bariatu Road stretch from Karamtoli Chowk leads to Booty More on NH 33 and the point near DAV boy’s hostel was considered most accident-prone.
A number of shops, nursing homes, apartments and residential complexes like DAV hostel, Green Heritage Nursery, Maheshwari Medicals, Heritage building, Shubh Shree Apartments and the Hero Honda showroom are located on either side.
Betel shop owner Mahesh, whose shop is just in front of the rumble strips said, “Ever since these have come up, we can breathe easy. Otherwise we used to witness two to three accidents in a week due to speeding.”
Equally relaxed were boarders of DAV hostel. “Since our hostel is bang on the road and traffic is so heavy, we felt scared to cross the road. But now at least we are able to cross the road,” said a twelfth grader of DAV Public School, Bariatu Ankit Sinha.
“I used to wait and think twice before crossing the road to pick up my son after his bus stopped near DAV hostel. But now, it’s easy,” said homemaker Subha Agarwal, who lives in Heritage building.
Before the 22 tightly-packed speed-breakers — 11 on each flank — came up, head-on collisions and hit and runs were common.
Said superintendent of police (traffic) Chandrasekhar Prasad: “Four traffic constables are always on duty on the stretch and they often complained of rash driving by two-wheelers, who often lost control and hit the dividers, resulting in serious injuries. Heavy vehicles like trucks too broke every traffic norm by speeding recklessly. Hence we requested the district administration and road construction department in consultation with locals to construct these speed breakers.”
Prasad said given that RIMS is barely 3km away, the speed demons were a threat to patients as well. “There are many poor patients who walk on this stretch along with their relatives after treatment. They move slowly and thus the speed breakers will act as guard,” he said.