Pune: The shopkeepers of Pimpri market area will be holding a Rasta Roko Andolan next week, as the long pending issues of increasing traffic, illegal hawkers and rampant driving on the wrong side of the road in Pimpri market area have not been solved yet.
The shopkeepers of the Pimpri market have been following up with the Commissioners of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, Police and Traffic since 2008, but the issues have been avoided by all the authorities. Rajju Nagpal, President of Vyapari Sanghatana of Pimpri Market said, “If all the issues are not solved now, then we will hold a Rasta Roko Andolan in the market itself in the next week.”
He added, “We submitted a letter in May mentioning all the above issues to Commissioner of PCMC, Police and Traffic. Around eight days back I informed through a message to all the Commissioners that if this issue is not solved in 15 days then we will be holding a Rasta Roko Andolan. But there is no response yet.”
Palmaran Talreja, a general store owner in Pimpri market, said, “Every day the traffic gets congested at Sai and Shagun Chowks. We lose our customers because of it. It has resulted in 60 per cent reduction in our business for the last five years. People tend to avoid coming to the market in peak hours as they do not get proper parking and due to traffic congestion the road gets blocked and the vehicles get stuck for one hour sometimes.”
Dr Vijay Nathani, a family physician who has a clinic at Shagun Chowk, said, “I have my clinic for last 39 years in Pimpri. Over the period of years, the traffic has drastically increased. Also, the traffic signals do not work and the traffic police officers are not on duty. Sometimes we get stuck in traffic for hours.”
Nagpal said, “The width of the main road of Pimpri market is around 20 feet but as the illegal hawkers captured the road and haphazard parking of has narrowed the road due to which people find it difficult to commute.”
Nagpal alleges that the traffic police officers are bribed by drivers or riders if caught. If any shop owner complains about them, they illegally confiscate the goods of that shop. Commenting on it, Ashok Morale, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) (Traffic) Pune, said, “The traffic police officers are not taking any bribe or confiscating goods. They are doing their duty from time to time. Every evening, every chowk has three to four traffic officers doing their duties. Also, strict action is taken against those who are parking their cars in no-parking zones. And if the shopkeepers are alleging that the traffic officers are taking bribes from the drivers or riders then they should go to the Anti-Corruption Department and lodge a complaint against the officer.”
DCP (Zone-3) Ganesh Shinde said, “They have submitted the letter mentioning all their issues. We will look into this matter and solve the issue as soon as possible.”