Pune: Around 75 locals and employees of Information Technology companies formed a human chain near Hinjawadi Wipro Phase I Circle to highlight traffic and pollution problems faced by them on a daily basis.
The event was led by software engineer Amit Talathi, who stressed on the immediate need to tackle problems of Rajiv Gandhi Information Technology Park. Speaking to Sakal Times, Talathi said that IT employees have to come to the IT park five days a week, but locals have to face the same problems every day. "So we thought of coming together and highlighting our issues. Traffic is a major issue, which needs to be addressed by good alternative roads.
Similarly, as a huge number of vehicles reach Hinjawadi every day, air and noise pollution issues also have to be dealt with. The locals told us that the traffic problem also affects emergency services like ambulance and fire brigade," he added.
Talathi has also approached various senior authorities to address the issue.
Senior Police Inspector DA Patil of Hinjawadi traffic division said that over 3 lakh vehicles reach Hinjawadi on a daily basis. "Employees work round the clock and so there is traffic throughout the day and night. We need to focus on use of public transport as fifty per cent of the employees use personal vehicles. Similarly, the use of cars increases during the rainy season, adding to the traffic mess," added Patil.
Talathi also supported the move to use public transport by employees of IT companies. "This is our first step towards finding a solution to our problems," added Talathi.
Other issues highlighted in the event:
- Safety of women employees in Hinjawadi IT park
- Widening of roads leading to Hinjawadi
- Potholes on Maan-Chande road
- Plying of Heavy vehicles, dumper , trucks in Hinjawadi during peak hours
- Speeding up of metro project