Nagpur: The road adjacent to Futala Lake is turning into a race track, rapidly. And a potential accident spot, too. The bikers, who never think twice to pull off a stunt, race their vehicles at break-neck speed on this “race track.” These “stuntmen” pose grave hazards to a horde of visitors to the Futala Lake that is fast emerging as “Chowpaty” of the Second Capital City of Nagpur!
Forget riding safely on this road, walking is fraught with danger. Courtesy the “stuntmen” racing their bikes in killing speed. Traffic cops, deputed at the spot once in a while, find themselves helpless and mute spectators.
Such dreadful picture staring their faces, the locals residing nearby areas and also the vendors have now demanded speed-breakers on both ends of the road and in-between as well. The speed-breakers could rein-in the “stuntmen” is the crux of the demand of people.
The locals, Amin Dupare and Nehal Suryavanshi, said the racing bikers have become a headache for them. A fatal accident could not be ruled out and would be a routine.
Yogesh Masram, working in ‘Goli Vadapav’ said that Saturdays and Sundays prove to be a ‘terror’ unleashed by reckless bikers. Dheeraj Banait, Manager of Domino’s Pizza that speed-breakers have become a necessity.
Interestingly, for constructing speed-breakers on any road, a complaint or a demand has to be made to the local police station or NMC or Traffic Chamber. But nobody has so far done this formality. DCP Smarthna Patil said that they have not received any complaint in this regard. Even otherwise, the speed-breakers are the responsibility of NMC. “The civic body sends a letter for NOC. We are ready to provide it. After grasping the reality, the Zone 2 Traffic Police Inspector Lambat has prepared a proposal for speed-breakers at Futala Lake road. The proposal would be sent to NMC soon. Currently, we have started acting tough against rash riders, erected barricades and even resort to Nakabandi,” the DCP said.
By Ravikant Kamble