Unmarked speed-breaker causes bike crash, rider dead, pillion critical : Who’s accountable?

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Some of you would probably laugh at us for even pointing such an incident out. With the way roads are built and maintained in India, such mishaps are a common occurrence, and most of the times, an earning member of a family would lose his life with no one even raising an eyebrow if the cause of the accident was a lurking pothole or an ill-built speed-breaker, like the one in this specific case. For once, we have decided to not take such a sorry incident ‘as just another mishap’. Another life is lost, and as always, there doesn’t seem to be anyone who could be held accountable for it. Our job here is to report, though, and so we are, so all of us can probably take a moment out from our lives and spare a thought to the dangers of something considered as ‘innocuous’ as a speed bump, among a multitude other of such perils on our roads.

An unmarked speed-breaker in Mumbai’s Kandivali area became the cause of a serious accident, killing the rider on the spot while critically injuring the pillion. The speed-breaker did not have reflective lights or white strips due to which rider of the White TVS Apache RTR180, Nilesh Kadam, could not see the obstruction in the way and lost control of his vehicle. After the fall, Kadam was run over by a Maruti Swift behind. The driver fled the spot after the accident.

While Kadam succumbed to his injuries, the pillion, Ajay Thorat, was seriously injured and is currently admitted at Shatabdi Hospital in a critical state. The accident took place at Rajguru bridge near Kalpataru Gardens at approximately 11.15 pm on Wednesday. The two were not wearing helmets.

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Kadam is survived by an eight-month pregnant wife.

Thorat’s brother-in-law Sanjay Bhaviskar told Mid-Day, “He lost control over his bike after hitting the speed breaker. Eyewitnesses told us that they weren’t speeding, but they failed to spot the speed breaker. A Swift car that was behind them ran over them.”

Unlike most developed countries we simply don’t have any regulation for the construction and maintenance of our streets. Paving a rock-ridden surface with some coal-tar and rolling it over with heavy iron makes it qualify as a ‘road’ – and the less we speak about those lofty mounds emerging out of the ground, termed as speed breakers, the better. Shouldn’t there be someone accountable for such horrid incidents? As tax paying citizens, do we not have the right to travel safely, and not perish without any fault of ours?

We’d really be looking forward to your views and opinions on this subject. We are even open to creating a nationwide campaign to ensure some sort of consistency and structure in the way roads are built and marked in this part of the world. Do share your thoughts.

Source: Mid-Day

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  • Reeto says:

    This is just sheer negligence on Govt’s part. India is the only country to have multiple unmarked speed breakers even on a National Highway (NH3)

  • Sohanjyoti Maity says:

    Poor Government… We regret for the life lost due to fault of Municipality and those are responsible, there are many who face this problems… i too did… Sudden speed breakers, open manholes, bad roads after a very good road, bridges are at higher than normal roads at their junctions… that too also no caution boards and signs to warn travelers…

  • Satish says:

    May the soul rest in peace and God may give the family power to survive. With due respect to those who follow law and those who implement law, following are my general comments.

    1) The government and citizen both are Indians with typical mostly Indian mentality
    2) Governemnt makes jugaad and makes sure roads are constructed properly and money is paid in full, on paper
    3) Citizen makes jugaad and makes sure most of the taxes, signals, mandatory security,courtasy, convenience to other citizen and law is followed, on paper
    4) Government knows people cannot and will not follow law
    5) People knows laws are meant to be broken, everyone does it.
    6) Indian transport system and laws are copied from western countries and were meant to be for four wheelers only. We followed it blindly for so many types and sizes of vehicles (simplest example lans system).
    7) India never had history of respect to government or laws but has huge history of ‘I am King’.
    8) We must accept the fact that people with almost same level of thinking are running government. If we cannot respect even lane manners on two wheelers we have no right to blame government.

  • Jayanand says:

    we have really bad roads here and to add to that we have speed barkers on the same roads. Its really a big annoyance for 2 wheelers. In the area where i live (andheri east), if i take a particular rd back home i encounter 8 speed barkers with in the traveling distance of half a KM!!!! all of them are those small once which are uncomfortable even when you go thru at literally crawling speed!!!! And even i have had a big Nuts in Throat moment when i came up to an unmarked speed beaker in my own area, which had popped up over night!!! They should be renamed as Life Beakers!!!!

  • Vishal Singhani says:

    I agree with the point taken out here. The same situation is in my locality also. The authorities have constructed the road with the concrete blocks which are not at all in a good condition. The same incident has happenned with me, however, I was luckly that my bike got controlled.