Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Midnight Shocks - "The Killer Road Humps"

Unscientific ‘killer’ road humps in the City are posing problems to the vehicle-riders, according to Home Minister V S Acharya.

If you are in evening shift and returning to home after midnight be careful while you drive, esp two wheelers. "Killer Humps" would have taken birth in less than 10 hours. It is a common scenario in Bangalore City. New Humps are born mostly in midnight.

Did you know that of the innumerable road humps (or speed breakers) in the city, only 282 are authorised by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP)? All the others, according to the BBMP, are unauthorised and do not have any mention in their records.

A lot of these humps do not even have white lines marked on them so that they stand out from a distance.Many two wheeler has developed "spine" problems. There are several accidents which took the lives on the spot.

Suryaprakash Chavan, 22, was on his way back home after dropping his friend in BTM Layout at 12 midnight. One of his friends Swagat Senapati was also with him on another two wheeler. Because the road bump was unmarked Chavan missed it; his motorbike jumped the breaker and he hit the divider. Chavan died on the spot.

In theory, for any hump to come up on a road the Traffic Police has to notify the Traffic Engineering Cell (TEC) of the BBMP. The TEC consists of three executive engineers, four assistant executive engineers and six assistant engineers. This cell is responsible for constructing all the road humps, pedestrian ways, barricades, road dividers etc.

The Indian Road Congress has made certain rules and regulations specifically to be followed in the construction of road humps. The rules of the Indian Road Congress are as follows:

  1. Central Height: 10-12 cm; Shape: Parabola; Width: 3.5 metres; Length: same as road width.
  2. Road humps should be painted in a 'V' shape and illuminated by solar cat's eyes (solar cells embedded on pavements/road that reflect sun rays and glow in the dark) to make them visible.
  3. The humps should not be more than five metres away from the junction or the intersection.
  4. Two signboards, one at 20 to 30 metres and another 10 metres away from the hump should be placed for the commuters to know about the road humps ahead. Intrusion of tree branches should be prevented.
  5. Road humps should be put up only on the main roads and not on the cross roads.
  6. In ‘rumble strips’, (humps that have around 5 to 10 strips together), the width of each strip is to be one foot and the gap between each strip, one foot.
Not surprisingly, these rules of the IRC are not available with the BBMP, and thus, not many of the road humps are built according to these standards.

Only thing we can do is to be careful while driving at midnights. There may be many new born babies waiting!

(Ref: Some points taken from Supriya Khandekar's article who is a staff journalist at Citizen Matters.)

Bangalore Heroes - 2 : "The Stray dogs"

There was a small coloum in all daily and online news channels about an incident happened on Jan 13th. Baby mauled to death by stray dogs. In a brick construction site stray dogs riped apart a 2-year old baby. Dogs tore away portions of his arm and leg.

Why this is not take care of? BBMP spends about Rs.6.04 Core. From past 2 years the dogs have reached a mark of 3 lakh. Dogs chase children while they go to schools and come back. Kids are afriad to go out and play in the roads. "Hero's" turns villans for kids. Two wheeler travelers are chased by them. Some hit them and met with accidents.

According to a court directive, BBMP is not allowed to kill the dogs, though it's allowed to sterilise the dogs and release them in the areas they were caught from. If anyone kills them Animal Rights Org make them as big issues.

"Animal rights organisations, which are so eager to exhibit their kindness to these dogs, must take all of them into their fold, feed them and protect them within their four walls rather than letting them out on the streets."

Human is more important than Animals. It doesnt mean that we have to kill for the human's to survive. Atleast some measure should be taken care to protect the kids and children.

Monday, February 7, 2011

"Use and Throw"

Population increased drastically over the last decade. Fast food and HiTech Malls changed the life style of common man. People are more attracted to "Use and Throw" methodology. It is an easy way to spend life. No worries, no time waste. But there are some major concerns popping out. One among them is "Waste Management".

One after the other flats are emerging that too in nick of time. Still people couldn find any good place to stay in metro cities. Then what about Waste Management? Each guy has two bags while going to office! One bag will be laptop and other will be previous day's waste. On the way they will push it to some where. Even though Metro cities have there own way to collect the waste, it is not properly executed.

"Waste Management" should be replaced to a term called "Resource Management". The wastes each one can be classified as degradable and non-degradable. Collection can be done as seperate. First collect the plastics and other materials and recycle it. Degradable wastes can be used for several other things including bio gas etc. It has been telling and writing from old times by many people. Then why not to give it a try?

Use and throw culture gave a new definition for the term "Waste". It cannot be termed as "Not completely unusable" anymore. Rather "Single use".

Friday, February 4, 2011

"The Local Markets" - Picture Frame in Future?

"A market is any one of a variety of systems, institutions, procedures, social relations and infrastructures whereby businesses sell their goods, services and labor to people in exchange for money." - Wikipedia

Market is an arrangement that allows buyers and sellers to exchange goods. A decade before layman mainly depended on Local Markets to fill their kitchen. In a nick of time villages turned cities. Thatched roof got concreted. "Vegetables" who suffered the severe hot from sun in the markets were placed in air conditioned freezers.

Professionals found easy after the smooth transition. Hi-Tech Malls came up with packets of frozen fish and meat. It was easily accessible for everyone. No Pollution, No Rush, No Bargain. Cool and Smooth place.Big Bazar's came up giving more options.

Then What will happen to these Local Markets? Will they survive? Will it be a picture frame in future?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Airtel - Express yourself! - 2

The story still continues...

I asked the Nodal officer and Appellate Desk to cancel the request for my connection. They informed they cant give documents back as they have to keep it for record. I asked them to send a formal mail stating the same. They told they cant. But why?

After an hour long discussion they agreed and send me a mail telling i will get the refund amount soon! Do you think the story had a happy end?

Date : Feb 2 (4 days after discussion with Nodal Officer)
Time : 1.00 AM

Some people digging the road to my house. I thought its BDA people for some works. Didnt bother much.

10.00 AM
I was in office, and i got a call from my neighbour asking who dig the road! I told "No idea, May be BDA people"

12.30 PM
My Friend called me again and told its Airtel People who is doing the rest of digging work there. They are going to drill my wall. I asked him to stop them.

01.00 PM
I got call from Airtel office telling, my connection is activated and we have set a network for your house. Now they are going to drill the wall and get the cable inside.

I asked them to stop and rushed from office. I told them i have cancelled the connection. They were not having any information.

My Questions?
I told the Nodal officer the entire history of the case and asked to cancel the connection over phone. I have send a email CC'ing Nodal, Appellate Desk, customer care stating i dont want a

1. Who replied to mail and why they didnt communicate to other executives?
2. Seems like next month they will come with Monthly usage bill ?
3. What next?