PUNE: Exposing the shoddy work carried out by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the service road at Yashwantrao Chavan Chowk near Sancheti Hospital reportedly caved in on Tuesday night.
Interestingly, the Road Department quickly blamed the Water Supply Department for carrying out substandard concretisation after laying of water pipeline. On an earlier occasion, the incident of sagging was reported at Shivaji Bridge near the PMC Bhavan.
On Wednesday, the PMC’s Road Department carried out road repairs. According to the PMC, on Tuesday night, Pune traffic police noticed caving in of a service road adjoining the grade separators at Sancheti Chowk. Traffic police immediately put up a barricade to avoid traffic jams. When the PMC was informed about the incident, it carried out repair work at a patch which was caved in.
According to officials, the PMC cleared substandard concrete patch and a new concrete mix was used to clear the caving in of the road.
Grade separator work was completed in 2012 and it was opened in the month of June at a cost of Rs 24.73 crore. It is part of a project undertaken by the PMC, which includes construction of grade separators at Sancheti Chowk as well as SG Barve Chowk (Modern Cafe).
Speaking to Sakal Times, Dinkar Gojari, Executive Engineer of Road Department of PMC said, “A few months ago, the Water Supply Department carried water supply pipeline work near the retaining wall of grade separator. They dug up the road to repair water pipeline. It was not done properly. Therefore, the road caved in. We have complete repair work. Now, there is nothing to worry. We can use the road regularly.”
Last year, a sagging incident happened on one of the busiest Shivaji Bridge (Nava Pul) near the PMC Bhavan. At that time, the PMC claimed that there was nothing to worry.