Sans street lights, Wanawadi bridge poses serious risk for commuters at night

Anvita Srivastava
Monday, 2 December 2019

At present, the bridge is undergoing repair work and only one side of bridge has railing, while on the other side only temporary stands have been put instead of proper railing.

PUNE: Due to non-functional street lights for last few days, the bridge between Raheja Garden and Ganga Satellite in Wanawadi has become a death trap for commuters and residents of the area. 

At present, the bridge is undergoing repair work and only one side of bridge has railing, while on the other side only temporary stands have been put instead of proper railing.

“For last two-three days the street light is not working and therefore it is too dark and it has become extremely dangerous for the commuters. 

As one side of the bridge is still not completed and devoid of railing, it becomes extremely dangerous for commuters,” said Rajesh Mishra, resident of Ganga Satellite.

However, the Road Department of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) that has been doing the repair work has mentioned the both the boundaries will be completed in a couple of days.

“The repair work of bridge will get complete in the next couple of days as one side of the railing is already completed while the other side will be completed in a couple of days. We had installed two height barriers but one of them was damaged last Sunday by a vehicle so we are waiting for the foundation to set it and complete the work soon. As far as street lights are concerned, we have asked our engineers to inform the PCB as the bridge comes under their jurisdiction,” said Adil Tadvi, Deputy Engineer, Road Department, PMC.

Rajendra Vibhandik, Police Inspector, Wanawadi Traffic Police said, “We have given the barricades to them to use as and when they are doing work. We have also asked them to instal proper sign boards for safety. Height barriers are also installed by them to prevent entry of heavy vehicles. However, the entire traffic flow cannot be stopped as it will increase the traffic at Jagtap Chowk and result in big chaos.”

“There is dispute with PMC street light connection. We have activated all street lights in our limits and also installed two flood lights near the bridge. I am sending electrician now to check street light problem if any in our limits and will repair accordingly,” said Amit Kumar, CEO of PCB.

BRIDGE DAMAGED ON SEPT 25
- This bridge was damaged during the flash flood of September 25. 
- The railing of the bridge was damaged due to the overflowing nala. 
- The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) gave the No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Pune Municipal Corporation to do the repair work.

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