Traffic snarls worsening near Bharati Vidyapeeth
PI (Traffic) Kamalakar Takawale, attached to the Bharati Vidyapeeth police station, said, “We cannot take action against vehicles parked wrongly on road sides as markings such as stripes along the roadside and the median are still not drawn."
PUNE: Traffic problems in the Bharati Vidyapeeth area are worsening due to the absence of signages, road stripes, traffic signals and encroachments and haphazard parking. The stretch of Dattanagar Road from Trimurti Chowk up to the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass subway witnesses massive traffic snarls daily, particularly during the peak hours.
The four intersections witnessing heavy congestions are Trimurti Chowk, Reliance Fresh Chowk, subway on Katraj-Dehu road bypass and the road in front of the Bharati Vidyapeeth police chowki. Many roads in this area do not have footpaths. Existing patchy footpaths have been encroached upon by illegal vendors. Two and four-wheelers are parked on both sides of the narrow roads approaching Trimurti Chowk, which worsens the scenario frequently.
The Dattanagar road runs parallel to the Pune-Satara road. A growing number of housing projects along both sides of the bypass have contributed hugely to the population of vehicles in this area. Thus, it is resulting in not only wastage of time, fuel and rising noise and air pollution but also stress commuters face on a daily basis.
Sujit Jagtap, a school principal and a resident of the area, said, “There is an absolute lack of traffic planning in this area. It becomes difficult to travel on the Dattanagar Road during the peak hours as the lanes approaching this road get choked due to the slow-moving traffic. To add to that, vehicles are also parked and illegal vendors set up their stalls at the corners of these lanes. Traffic signals are needed at major crossroads on this road.”
When contacted, PI (Traffic) Kamalakar Takawale, attached to the Bharati Vidyapeeth police station, said, “We cannot take action against vehicles parked wrongly on road sides as markings such as stripes along the roadside and the median are still not drawn. Barricades are required to set up at the major chowks on this road. We have written four months ago to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to provide barricades and draw stripes on both sides of the roads. However, we haven’t received a positive response from them yet.”
NCP corporator Yuvaraj Beldare said, “I had given a proposal to the traffic police for circular traffic from Trimurti Chowk via the Bhrarti Vidyapeeth back gate, Sarhad School, Reliance Fresh, which they implemented for a couple of days. They need to implement the circular traffic plan for at least two weeks to see whether it succeeds or not.”
When it was pointed out to him that the civic body is not providing barricades and drawing white stripes along the roads, he said, “I am ready to provide barricades to the traffic police. We are also pursuing DP road issues and talking to owners for land acquisition for the road and alternative roads.”
Assuring to look into the issue, PMC road department executive engineer Ajay Wayase said, “Our officials will visit the Bharati Vidyapeeth area to understand the traffic problems on Saturday and we will take necessary action.”