Pune: Irked IT employees of Hinjawadi have filed an online petition ‘Free-Up-Hinjawadi’ for the second time, as the conditions of road and traffic remain the same even after several commitments and deadlines of completing the work given by the authorities.
These residents have submitted the online petition addressed to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Ministry of Urban Development, Transport Ministry Govt of India, local council, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC). The first petition, which was filed in July last year, got more than 6,000 signatures and for this second petition, which is recently filed on change.org, has also received more than 2,000 signatures.
Sudhir Deshmukh, convenor of ‘Free-up-Hinjewadi’ movement, said, “It takes two to three hours to travel the distance of 6 km.”
“The concerned authorities have given several deadlines of completing the incomplete work, including widening the Sus-Nande Chande to Hinjawadi Road, complete the Mahalunge road and bridge to Hinjawadi, to make Phase 1 Infosys Circle to Maan village section of 100 metres to be made pothole free, Phase 1 Shivaji Chowk - PMPML bus stop towards Wakad should be moved ahead by 200 metres, road widening at ‘Pumpkin Patch school bottleneck’ at Bhumkar Chowk - Phase 2 road, Phase 3 of Maan to Ghotawade Phata road should be widened and repaired,” added Deshmukh.
Ravindra Sinha, a member of the Hinjawadi IT Park Residents’ Welfare Association (HIRWA), said, “There is huge traffic chaos at peak hours due to the continued negligence and lethargy of concerned government authorities. Loss of productivity to the nation is a big contribution to the problem. The IT area is about more than 2,800 and second home or workplace for close to 7 lakh to 10 lakh workers. It also embodies the local population close to 100,000 along with schools and institutes in the vicinity. The crumbling road network currently has only two major entry points, one is Wakad Junction to Phase 1 and second is Bhumkar Chowk to Phase 1 or 2. This bottleneck does not showcase as a good investment destination. This is leaving a bad impression with thousands of foreigners visiting the place on daily basis.”
Sachin Londhe, another member of ‘Free-up-Hinjawadi’ movement, said, “We do not need futuristic solutions, like Hyperloop and Metro. We need proper and free roads. Through this petition, we are asking the CM and PM directly whether do they have control over the lower bureaucrats or not.”
Anshul Gupta, a member of HIRWA, said, “Every day, we have to spend 30 to 65 per cent excessive fuel that leads to environmental damage. IT employees are well educated and do not believe in coming on streets to protest for these problems, rather they are into online protesting. But if the authorities are not interested in solving the situation, then they will surely come on the streets.”
Naval Kishore Ram, District Collector, said, “All the works are being done by PMRDA, but they are going be executed step by step. In the next month looking at the slow progress of the work being done by PMRDA, a review meeting will be conducted. And on the basis of it, I will make a proper statement.”
Kiran Gitte, Commissioner of PMRDA and Makarand Ranade, Additional Commissioner of Police, did not respond to phone calls or messages.