Relief from heavy traffic jam as traffic island at Wipro chowk in Hinjawadi to be reduced. 

ST Correspondent
Friday, 4 August 2017

Pimpri: The traffic police on Monday started reducing the radius of the 'traffic island' near Wipro company in Phase-3 of Hinjawadi IT Park. The chowk in which this traffic island is situated, faces huge traffic jams during rush hours. 

Sudhir Deshmukh, Convener of 'Free-up Hinjawadi' Campaign that is highlighting daily traffic and infrastructure woes of Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjawadi through online petition, is happy with the efforts undertaken by the traffic police. 

Pimpri: The traffic police on Monday started reducing the radius of the 'traffic island' near Wipro company in Phase-3 of Hinjawadi IT Park. The chowk in which this traffic island is situated, faces huge traffic jams during rush hours. 

Sudhir Deshmukh, Convener of 'Free-up Hinjawadi' Campaign that is highlighting daily traffic and infrastructure woes of Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park in Hinjawadi through online petition, is happy with the efforts undertaken by the traffic police. 

Deshmukh told Sakal Times, "We are merging the road at this circle in a V shape, as the island has occupied a major part of the both roads. After reducing the radius, it will help to reduce the travel time for passing from this circle. This circle witnesses almost two hours of traffic jams during rush hours." 

Dattatray Patil, Police Inspector of Traffic Division, Hinjawadi said, "There was a demand from locals for taking measures for solving traffic jam problem in the chowk. We also observed that the chowk witnesses heavy jams as a large number of IT work force comes simultaneously at the chowk at the time of reporting to their duties or after departing for home. All four roads converging at the chowk have a similar number of vehicles waiting to cross this chowk." 

"The work has begun on Sunday. The radius of the circle is almost 20 feet which we are going to reduce to 10 feet. After completion of work, a passage of around 10 feet will be free and can be utilised by commuters," he said.

About 'Free-up Hinjawadi' online petition
- 50 volunteers including local residents, entrepreneurs, and techies have come together and launched Free-up Hinjawadi online petition. 
- So far, over 4,000 people have signed this online petition. 
- The petition was addressed to Prime Minister's Office, Chief Minister's Office, Ministry of Urban Development Department, Transport Ministry of the government of India, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation and others. 
- Being one of the biggest IT hubs in India, over three lakh IT employees work in different companies in various IT parks. 

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