In a first of its kind initiative, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway is planning to try out 3D-painted virtual speed breakers in India. The announcement was made by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways via his twitter handle. He also tweeted a picture of 3D speed breakers revealing how these will actually look.
The Minister tweeted, “We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers.” Though the road is flat, these paintings will appear as 3D barriers to people driving or riding. M Venkaiah Naidu, Urban Development minister, has also refereed the same 3D paintings for speed bumps to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
We are trying out 3D paintings used as virtual speed breakers to avoid unnecessary requirements of speed breakers pic.twitter.com/M5r6zkO6uU
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) April 26, 2016
Ever since the Minister has tweeted the picture of the virtual speed breakers, people have been lauding him for the initiative. Such initiatives might help reduce the number of road accidents which certainly is a matter of grave concern and a big challenge for the government.
In the year 2008, the similar virtual bumps were installed at 100 junctions across the United States. Though it’s quite early to comment on the consequences or results of the initiative in India since it’s in the experiment stage only.