Road work around Simla office leads to chaos, hassles residents

People living in areas behind Hardikar Hospital on Ganeshkhind Road complain that the ongoing road concretization work at Simla office junction and nearby areas is causing them inconvenience.

Residents of Revenue Colony, Ekbote Colony and Gharpure Colony say that multiple barricades put up on key roads forces them to take long detours. Officials of the roads department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said that it could take another couple of weeks to finish the work.

A resident of Gharpure Colony, describes the trauma they suffers every day while commuting to office and back home. The U-turn on Ganeshkhind Road at Simla office junction leads to their colony. The traffic police have put barricades there since last 10 days. The only other access to their house is through arterial roads of Revenue and Ekbote colonies. But the width of these roads has been reduced to half due to ongoing concretization work, which leads to frequent traffic jams. They need to take a roundabout way from Sancheti Hospital, pass through congested Modern Cafe junction to reach the Shivajinagar post office to take one of these arterial roads.

Considering many residents of Revenue, Ekbote and Gharpure colonies are elderly, getting timely medical aid could become a challenge.

A law firm in Revenue Colony said that it is difficult to find a way out of the mess. The PMC has dug up all the roads and there are no signboards to inform of any blockage or diversions. Just two cars coming from the opposite side can create a traffic jam here in no time. The authorities could have planned the work better.

Head of the roads department in PMC, admitted that people are facing inconvenience, but said the work undertaken will be beneficial in the long run. People want development, but they are not willing to bear even minor inconvenience. Concretization of several roads around Shivajinagar, such as the one around Revenue Colony, Span Executive Hotel, Deep Bungalow Chowk, Ashoknagar and on the road adjoining Akashvani building is causing difficulties for motorists. They hope to clear the mess by the end of the month.

The civic official said that work on all the roads started simultaneously because funds for the projects came at one time however, clarified that the ban on U-turn at Simla Office is the traffic police’s decision.

Besides, four-wheeler riders approaching the Simla office junction from the Shivajinagar bus stand cannot turn right for Ganeshkhind Road. They too need to take the Sancheti hospital-Modern Cafe junction route. The temporary ban has been enforced to facilitate concretization of road.

Traffic constable said that earlier, they had closed the turn completely, but for now they are allowing two wheelers to pass. The barricading is effective round the clock and not just during peak business hours.

The closure is temporary and will be opened as soon as the work is completed, said deputy commissioner of police (traffic).

Source: timesofindia, Feb’14

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