PUNE: In just two days, 1,001 residents and IT professionals of Hinjawadi had tweeted about their never ending grievances regarding infrastructure, traffic congestion and garbage disposal using #DigitalAndolan.
The tremendous response to this campaign has reaped results as road building work has resumed from Mahalunge to Maan, which was incomplete since a long time. Some potholes have been fixed on roads in Maan as a direct impact of residents taking to Twitter to show the bad condition of the roads.
In the tweets, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil, Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (PMRDA) and other officials have been tagged.
Dnyanendra Hulsure, President, Hinjewadi Employees and Residents Association (HEART), said, “After online protest ‘#DigitialAndolan’ work of constructing road from Mahalunge to Maan had finally begun.”
“Also after the first spell of rains, there was waterlogging and potholes in some roads of Maan. We had complained about it to the gram panchayat but it was not addressed. But soon after launching this online protest, the problem has been solved,” Hulsure said.
IT professional Suhas Jagtap said, “I stay in Aundh and my workplace is at Persistent at Hinjawadi phase one. Every day, I have to go through huge traffic jams. It requires around 30 minutes for me to reach my workplace from my residence but it takes more than 50 minutes for me to reach office. The rains are making the condition of roads more vulnerable. Therefore, we hope that this digital protest will solve our problems.” Another IT professional Seema Mangaonkar said, “Every day, while my office is at Hinjawadi phase one, I have to ride my two-wheeler on several potholes which start from Shivaji Chowk to Hinjawadi.”
“Garbage is dumped and burned in Hinjawadi. The pending road construction work from Mahalunge to Maan has started, but we are requesting the concerned official to even look after the potholes on Hinjawadi road,” Mangaonkar added.