A software engineer fell of an elevated road that connects Bangalore’s IT hub of Electronics City to the Central Silk Board junction. 28 year old Sharath Kumar Reddy was riding a Bajaj Avenger cruiser motorcycle on the elevated road when he hit the retaining wall of the elevated road, and fell 30 feet, to his death. The crashed motorcycle remained on the elevated road.
Police officials said,
He lost control of his bike and rammed into the retaining wall in a bid to take a turn at the lay-bay on the flyover. The moment the bike hit the wall, Sharath was flung from his bike. He fell over the retaining wall to the road below and died on the spot.
This isn’t the first time that two wheeler riders have fallen off the elevated road, a narrow, high-speed stretch that’s becoming notorious for accidents. Months ago, two people on a Honda Activa crashed, and fell of the elevated road. Bangalore’s police officials want two wheelers banned from the elevated road, which is built by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), who charges toll for usage – by cars, heavy vehicles and two wheelers.
The narrow road with a divider means that no more than two cars can drive at once, on a single side. This makes riding a two wheeler quite tricky as cars zip past at high speeds, often pushing two wheeler riders to the very edge of the flyover. A Bangalore traffic police official has expressed inability to check speeding cars as the narrowness of the road doesn’t allow a speed interceptor to be parked. The police official wants speeding cameras installed, which he says hasn’t been done yet despite the police department recommending it to the private road operator.
Here are some comments from Mr. R. Hitendra, Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic),
As the flyover is very narrow, we cannot place our interceptors on the flyover to check speed. We requested for installation of speed cameras, which has also not been done. Even the cameras will only help us send challans, and not monitor motorists who are speeding.
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