Pune: It was a kind of irony when Pune was declared ‘number one’ city in the Ease of Living Index (ELI) among the other cities in India on Monday and on the same day, Puneites witnessed traffic jams throughout the day across all busy roads. Being the first day of the week, the office goers and school children struggled to reach their destination on time. The city witnessed traffic jams, serpentine queues on major arterial roads like Fergusson College Road, Jangli Maharaj Road, Senapati Bapat Road and Tilak Road throughout the day.
Advocate Swati Yadwadkar (38) told Sakal Times, “I had to face traffic jams wherever I went on Monday. It was the same situation on Jangali Maharaj Road, Fergusson College Road and MG Road.”
To add further fire to the fury, on the roads where there were no jams, traffic slowed down due to potholes and at some places due to ongoing road repair work. On an average, the travel time stretched from a half an hour to one or one and half hours. The citizens said that at a majority of chowks in the city, longer queues were seen as traffic signals were non-operational.
As the city witnessed drizzles since morning, many preferred to travel by cars instead of two-wheelers and this added to traffic jams. The working population said that they had to face late mark while in some cases, kids could not reach the schools in time.
Reacting on the traffic jams throughout the day, DCP Tejaswee Satpute said that traffic jams were witnessed at some places from 9 to 11.30 am on Monday. Satpute added that two PMPML buses, a truck and a trailer became dysfunctional near Warje on the Mumbai-Bangalore Highway so this stretch witnessed traffic jams.
Satpute added that due to rains, many citizens preferred to travel in their own vehicles and the same led to jams in many areas. Warje, Katraj, Sinhagad Road areas witnessed jams due to more number four-wheelers. She said that due to an accident at Sancheti underpass, Shivajinagar and Chatuhshrungi areas too witnessed traffic jams.
Satpute claimed that the police controlled the traffic manually and added that there were no reports indicating lack of police presence. She, however, added that if that was the case, the action will be taken against those officers.
Shriniwas Kandul, PMC Electricity Department Head informed Sakal Times that since there was no electricity supply in many areas and the functioning of signals suffered.
Wadgaon bridge on Mumbai-Bangalore Highway witnessed traffic jams for more than two hours
Mumbai-Bangalore Highway witnessed queues for 4-5 kms
Due to the presence of potholes on Katraj-Kondhwa road, long queues of vehicles remained a norm throughout the day