Pune: Residents of Bohri Ali area are harassed a lot as every single day they witness verbal arguments, congestion and pollution (air and sound) caused due to vehicular traffic. From Lal Bahadur Shashtri Chowk till Laxmi Road, the road remains congested during peak traffic hours in morning and evening.
The hordes of shops and other businesses further add to the traffic in the area. Sakal Times visited the area and spoke with the residents and shopkeepers found out that the residents blame the shopowners, while shopowners blame the citizens for traffic jams.
Residents blamed the number of shops in the area for causing traffic blockages. The residents said, “The autorickshaw and mini trucks block the way when they come to unload the material for shop owners.”
Meanwhile, the shopkeepers blame the residents saying that their vehicles are parked on both sides of the road. The area remains jam packed from 9 am to 10 am and 6 pm to 8 pm every day.
Suresh S Borate, an advocate, said, “Every day, I need to cross this area as this is the only route to reach my office. It becomes difficult to handle this situation every day. I am hoping that the administration takes some action towards it.”
Renu Gujar, a housewife, said, “ I need to come to this market for my daily household needs and it becomes gruelling for me to walk here.”
“My children go for their tuition in the evening and I have to go to pick them but day by day, it is becoming more difficult as we get caught up in the traffic jams and it takes a long wait to complete even the smallest task,” said Shriya Jaronde.
Mustafa Rangwala, owner of a general hardware shop, said, “The vehicles of the customers are parked on both sides of the road which leads to the narrowing of the lanes. This happens mostly in the morning and evening. So, people suffer and go through a huge traffic jam.”
Narendra Jadhav, an owner of an accessories store, said, “The four and two-wheelers keep honking when our material is getting unloaded but we don’t have any option as we need to bring our goods. If there are parking zones marked in the area, then certainly we can get relief from the problem.”
“All we need is parking lots so there would not be any pollution or spats between shopowners and residents/customers,” said Shabir Shaikh, who owns a stall of vada pav.