Subway work causing traffic jams on Lullanagar road
It is being constructed to ensure safe commute of patients from one part of Command Hosp to another
Pune: Commuters travelling from Golibar Maidan to Lullanagar face frequent traffic congestions due to the construction work of the subway being carried out near the Military Command Hospital Cardio Thoracic Centre (CTC). Commuters have demanded an early completion of the work.
The stretch of road is within the jurisdiction of the Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) but the work is being carried out by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). The subway is being constructed to commute patients safely from one part of the Command Hospital to another, which is located on the other side of the road.
Prerna Joshi, a resident of Golibar Maidan, said, “Every day, while travelling from Lullanagar to Golibar Maidan, we face heavy traffic congestion, especially during peak hours. We can avoid travelling during peak hours but what about the commuters, who travel daily via this road? The work should be completed as soon as possible to end the problem.”
Iqbal Shaik, a commuter, said, “Every day, we get stuck for 30 minutes in the traffic jam.
“As they have diverted traffic to the other side of the road, the road from Lullanagar to Golibar Maidan has become narrow, due to which traffic is hindered on both the sides.”
Umesh Shinde, another commuter, said, “We have to face traffic congestions on both sides daily. We demand that the work should be completed quickly or an alternative road should be made for daily commuters. Also, a traffic constable should be posted there to control the flow of traffic.”
Shriniwas Bonala, City Engineer of PMC, said, “The time period for the completion of the subway is 18 months.
The work started five months ago. The subway work is being carried out right in front of the Command Hospital, due to which the road has become narrow from Golibar Maidan to Lullanagar. Hence, we have diverted traffic to use the other side of the road. Traffic congestions are not caused daily. We have taken all measures to ensure smooth flow of traffic.”
Jan Mohammad Pathan, Senior Inspector of Wanawadi traffic division, could not be contacted even after repeated attempts.