Sudden traffic diversion causes chaos

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 5 September 2018

“There are about 10,000 locals staying in Hinjawadi. They stay near Shivaji Chowk and have their farmlands near Blue Ridge Society. They had to travel extra three kilometres to reach their homes while taking a turn at the Geometric Circle,”

Pune: With the Hinjawadi traffic division deciding to go ahead with the sudden circular one-way traffic plan from Tuesday to tackle the two-decade-old problem of decongesting Shivaji Chowk, the problem seems to have aggravated due to chaos on the first day of the implementation of the traffic plan.
 
After Police Commissioner of Pimpri-Chinchwad RK Padmanabhan gave a green signal to the plan of Hinjawadi traffic police, the diversions were implemented which led to a conflict with locals and traffic police. As the plan was sudden, regular commuters were also surprised, adding to the traffic chaos.
 
As per Hinjawdi traffic police plan, the circular route at Shivaji Chowk-Infosys Circle-Geometric Circle-Mezzanine Chowk-Shivaji Chowk was made one way to reduce traffic congestion at Shivaji Chowk. Commuters heading towards Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park had to take a compulsory left turn from Shivaji Chowk and right from Infosys Circle till Geometric Chowk. Similarly, commuters heading from Bhumkar Chowk could not take a right turn at Shivaji Chowk and had to head straight towards Infosys Circle and take right from Geometric Circle towards Mezzanine Chowk to reach their destination.
 
While it was a welcome move for employees of some companies, the plan was also criticised by employees of different companies. The sudden plan also criticised by locals as commuters had to travel an extra three-kilometre to reach their destination.

Sagar Sakhre, former sarpanch of Hinjawadi village, said that people were taken by surprise and hence, everyone was confused leading to more traffic chaos. “There are about 10,000 locals staying in Hinjawadi. They stay near Shivaji Chowk and have their farmlands near Blue Ridge Society. They had to travel extra three kilometres to reach their homes while taking a turn at the Geometric Circle,” added Sakhre who has suggested that traffic department should implement the plan after proper planning and awareness in IT companies and at the local level.

IT professional Ankush Dubey who works in Hinjawadi Phase I said that it took him 15 minutes from Sangvi to Wakad Bridge and 55 minutes from Wakad Bridge to Shivaji Chowk which is 1.5 km distance. “It took me extra 10 minutes to reach my office,” he added.

The officials of the Hinjawadi traffic police said that encroachments and bad road conditions have spoiled their diversion plan. “Shivaji Chowk is a huge bottleneck due to the encroachments. Similarly, the 500 metre stretch from Shivaji Chowk to D-mart is in a bad condition,” added an official from Hinjawadi traffic division.

The Hinjawadi traffic police were seen manning different chowks throughout the day and were seen explaining the diversion to the commuters. Assistant Police Inspector K Raut of Hinjawadi traffic division said that they will study the effects for a few days and will try to look for a better solution to decongest Shivaji Chowk.

Alternate roads and issues

  • Balewadi-Mahalunge-Hinjawadi Phase I - 4 km stretch is kachcha road
  • Sus-Nande-Chande-Maan-Phase III - Roads are filled with potholes and in bad condition
  • Chandni Chowk-Pirangut-Ghotawade Phata-Hinjawadi Phase III - The route have several potholes and bad condition of roads
  • Bhumkar Chowk-Shivaji Chowk-Hinjawadi Phase I - bottleneck at Shivaji Chowk
  • Bhumkar Chowk-Geometric Circle - Narrow road at some spots
     

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