‘Traffic jams, potholes embarrassing while dealing with foreign clients’
While the Hinjawadi traffic issue is leading to several cascading effects on IT industry and employees working in the Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology Park, Sakal Times in a three-part series highlights the issues bothering the stakeholders.
Pune: With roads leading to Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park (RGIP) at Hinjawadi in a miserable condition, employees working in RGIP said they feel embarrassed to call foreign clients for Hinjawadi site visit. Pavanjit Mane, president of Forum of IT Employees (FITE) said foreign clients visit their work location frequently and the traffic and pothole-riddled road becomes a source of embarrassment. “The foreign clients reach Pune airport and from there to Hinjawadi it will take more than two hours of driving. Similarly in the return journey the client has to manage his time cautiously and avoid delay to reach the airport. We have observed that often clients have skipped work location visit due to traffic issues,” added Mane.
FITE members has appealed to the authorities to carry out timely repairs of Hinjawadi roads so they feel proud while organising clients’ visit to RGIP.
Mane stressed on the need for involvement of a traffic planner to design the traffic plan of Hinjawadi. “We have seen that the government is busy providing solutions to the traffic problems, but the problems continues to grow,” added Mane.
Software engineer Ankush Dubey, who is working in RGIP for over five years, said that while there has been development in new roads to reach RGIP, the road conditions continue to remain in a miserable condition. “The road from Wakad bridge to Shivaji Chowk has remained as it is despite being repaired several times,” added Dubey. The Hinjawadi Industries Association (HIA) said they would like the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) to accelerate the process of road repair work to ease the traffic congestion in RGIP. Col (Retd) Charanjeet Bhogal, Chief Operating Officer (CEO) of HIA said while the government authorities are working to solve the traffic congestion, they should move at a faster rate. “We have apprised our issues to the PMRDA,” added Bhogal. He said the number of companies in RGIP is bound to increase over the years. “There are about 12 big IT companies added in RGIP Phase III and the number will continue to grow. We have suggested that once the Megapolis Circle to Balewadi Metro is built, the metro should start operating rather waiting for the entire stretch of Hinjawadi to Shivajinagar Metro to get ready. Once the Megapolis Circle to Balewadi Metro route is ready it will take employees 15 minutes to reach RGIP Phase III,” added Bhogal.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Kiran Gitte, PMRDA Chief said that PMRDA is aware of the sensitiveness of the issue and is waiting for the end of monsoon season to start the road repair work.
Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner RK Padmanabhan after interacting with local villagers and IT company representatives, said he plans to make one-way traffic at Shivaji Chowk, Hinjawadi and other major junctions. On trial basis, the one-way was tried out from 4 pm on Monday and techies told police that it saved 45 minutes.