Mangaluru, December 19: The deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim chairing a district-level road safety committee meeting on Thursday December 18th at his office has instructed the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) officials to mount speed breakers at 31 places across the city before January 15th, 2015.
Dc Ibrahim told the engineers of MCC, that the speed breakers get damaged now and then due to heavy rain, heat during the summer and due to application of sudden brakes. Hence the worn out speed breakers have to be replaced soon.
During the meeting, the MCC officials and Hanumanth Kamath of Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike exchanged words over the issue of speed breakers.
Kamath pointed out the various places in the city where humps have not been installed, and about the poor quality of the existing humps. He also insisted that the quality of the speed breakers to be improved.
He also pointed out that the work on laying footpaths near the Bishop’s House, near Karnataka Bank and Ram Bhavan Complex in Kodialbail remains pending since two years.
Responding to this, Gokuldas Nayak- commissioner (in-charge) of Mangalore City Corporation said that, “The work near Ram Bhavan Complex is slow due to lack of space to lay the footpath, as people have failed to cooperate”.
Dr S D Sharanappa, Dakshina Kannada district superintendent of police (SP), during the discussion on rural road safety, said, “Very few accidents are reported after the gas tanker accident at Perne near Uppinangady. Whenever there were accidents, we responded immediately by rushing emergency services to the spot, saving lives and diverting the traffic.
He also revealed that, an awareness campaign as part of crime prevention month is in full swing in schools, colleges and panchayats.
He has also appealed owners and drivers to renew their licences and insurance policies, and follow traffic rules.
Members of the auto rickshaw association urged the RTO to increase the number of auto rickshaw stands in the city immediately since they are unable to accommodate all the 6,000 auto rickshaws currently present in the city.
Many other issues including zebra crossings near schools, parking problems, skywalk, bus bay and installation of signboards at appropriate places and so were also discussed.
DC Ibrahim said that the Shiradi Ghat stretch is likely to be closed for repair after December 25th, but the exact date would be announced only later, as work on Mani-Mysuru stretch is still under progress. The vehicles will be diverted to alternative routes when the Shiradi Ghat is closed.
In the meeting, Uday Nayak, ACP (Traffic) and other MCC officials were present among others.