Pune: The delay in the road construction work from Raja Mantri Road, Erandwane, to Rajaram Bridge has irked commuters and residents in the area. Due to the construction work, the width of the road has been narrowed, resulting in slow moving traffic and traffic jams.
On the nearly half a kilometre stretch, which is surrounded by many restaurants, wedding lawns and banquet halls, many vehicles are parked on the roadside, which escalates the problem further.
Uday Mahurkar, Manager, Hotel Krishna Heritage, said, “From last six to seven months, we are witnessing this chaos due to the road construction. Many two-wheeler riders skid due to the construction material. Moreover, the banquet halls have a capacity of around 20 to 30 cars but due to the construction work and unavailability of parking area, our customers have to park on the side of the road.”
He further added, “For a month or two, the road construction was stopped, which led to more problems but since a week, it has been restarted. Now, we are just hoping that the work is completed as soon as possible.”
Sanjay Deshpande, a resident of Sanjeevani Society, said, “Though the work has resumed, the construction work is slow. There is no place for pedestrians to walk and whenever there is a marriage ceremony in the nearby lawns or restaurants, all the cars are parked on the roadside, which hampers traffic. We have complained several times to the restaurants and banquet authorities but they are also helpless because of the construction work.”
Rajesh Desai, a resident of the area, said, “Things were worse a month before. During the peak hours when the construction work was laid off, as the four lane road has been divided into two and there was just a single lane for the vehicles to move, the materials used for construction, kept on the road for days, took up a lot of space and the big vehicles had a lot of issues to move from the area, especially the buses.”
“Now the work has resumed, but still traffic jams are happening in the area,” he added.
Vishal Haribhakta, Executive Manager of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Road Department, said, “A stretch of 500 m land included on the construction road was on disputed land and the work got delayed, but currently we have done the legal procedure and the land dispute problem has been resolved due to which the construction work going on smoothly.”