‘We follow up with PMC on pothole repairing’
Commissioner of Police Dr K Venkatesham speaks with Mubarak Ansari about the city’s traffic problems during the rainy season.
Every year, the Pune police traffic branch submits a list of the chronic waterlogged spots to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), which is supposed to carry out repairs. Does the police follow it up with the PMC?
We have already provided the list of 35 chronic waterlogged points and 67 pothole spots in the city to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). We constantly follow it up with them asking them to repair potholes and waterlogged points.
What are the reasons for traffic jams and congestions?
Waterlogging and potholes reduce the lane width resulting in the reduction of the carriageway. Huge number of four-wheelers ply on roads during rains. Traffic moves slowly due to slippery roads. We faced congestions last week due to an unprecedented deluge, which resulted in the closure of the Bhide Bridge and the Tilak Bridge, which were critical for the movement of two-wheelers.
What steps are being taken by the traffic branch of Pune police to improve the situation?
The presence of the traffic police and clearing of traffic during the peak hours by shutting the signals are two measures. We got the potholes filled and the drainage lines were fixed. Damaged drainage lines was a major reason for congestions at Nal Stop on Karve Road. We have taken help of Pune Metro, PMC and Cantonment Boards to fill potholes. Also, a drive is being undertaken against no parking and double parking to ease congestion.