PMC, cops join hands to make city free of traffic congestion

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 13 October 2018

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pune police have jointly decided to carry out a drive to ease traffic congestion in peak hours. They have identified 100 bottleneck spots on which the police and the PMC will take action. The focus includes illegal parking, nuisance of hawkers and fining of traffic offenders. The drive,  starting from October 19, will be known as “No traffic rule violation zone.” 

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pune police have jointly decided to carry out a drive to ease traffic congestion in peak hours. They have identified 100 bottleneck spots on which the police and the PMC will take action. The focus includes illegal parking, nuisance of hawkers and fining of traffic offenders. The drive,  starting from October 19, will be known as “No traffic rule violation zone.” 

On Friday, Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao and Joint Commissioner of Police Shivaji Bodke, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Tejaswi Satpute jointly conducted a press conference. They affirmed action against traffic offenders, roadside encroachments, illegal hawkers, abandoned vehicles and parking in ‘No parking’ areas.  

Rao said, “The purpose of this drive is to provide space for pedestrians and clear traffic congestion. We have spotted 100 places, including chowks and main roads. From the last two months, we were working to select these spots. We have concentrated on five things to make this city livable for people. They include action against abandoned vehicles which are encroaching on road space and reducing carriage width, action on illegal hawkers on the roadside and footpaths, authorised hawkers that encroach extra space on the roads and illegal hoardings and flexes.” 

“We have formed special squads to take action on abandoned vehicles, illegal hawkers and illegal hoardings. The police will provide protection and support. They will share with us information on encroachments and hawkers so that the PMC can take action. Concerned police stations of 100 identified spots have assured to provide information to the PMC,” he added. 

Satpute said, “The police will help the PMC to solve traffic problems. Deccan Chowk, Khandoji Baba Chowk, Warje, Jijamata Chowk, Belbaug Chowk, Teen Hatti Chowk, Dahanukar Chowk, Shivajinagar, Nal Stop, Paud Phata and Mandai are some of the areas where we will conduct joint action. We have included tasks of repairing potholes, painting of zebra crossings, shifting of electricity poles and clearing of tree branches that are creating obstacles to traffic signals.”

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