COVID-19 Pune: Ambulances get their right of way from Mangalwar Peth market area

Salil Urunkar
Sunday, 30 August 2020

Pune Traffic police have cleared the road of illegally parked vehicles in order to give a way to ambulances reaching hospitals

Pune: Ambulances heading towards several big hospitals like Sassoon, KEM, Sancheti, Ruby and Jehangir Hospital have now got their right of way from the Mangalwar Peth market area especially between Maldhakka Chowk to Shahir Amar Sheikh Chowk. Pune Traffic police have cleared the road of illegally parked two-wheelers, four-wheelers and heavy vehicles by the nearby residents due to which the congestion has reduced and ambulances can reach hospital in the shortest possible time.

The old market at Mangalwar Peth, located in the heart of the city, had a tradition of several years. However, this market on the road had become a hindrance to traffic and leading to massive traffic congestion in surrounding areas.

The Pune Municipal Corporation and Pune Police had solved the problem last year by shifting the market to a place adjacent to the road. But after that, the residents in the area saw that the road was clear and started parking two-wheelers, four-wheelers and heavy vehicles on the road.

The vehicles were parked illegally at the same place for several days and the road traffic was obstructed. Meanwhile, Dr Sanjay Shinde, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic Branch, had ordered action against those who parked their vehicles illegally on the road at these respective places.

Accordingly, the police officers and staff of the Bundgarden Traffic Division cleared the road giving continuous instructions to the citizens of Amar Sheikh Chowk area and taking action from time to time. As a result, the traffic from Amar Sheikh Chowk to Maldhakka Chowk has gained momentum.

Dr Sanjay Shinde, Additional Commissioner of Police of Pune City Traffic said, “Illegal vehicles were being parked on the roads in Shahir Amar Sheikh chowk area. Taking legal action against them has paved the way. There are several big hospitals like Sassoon, KEM, Sancheti, Ruby and Jehangir Hospital in the area from Maldhakka Chowk to Shahir Amar Sheikh Chowk. Illegal parking had made it possible for ambulances to reach the respective hospitals in the shortest possible time.”

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