Everyday , thousands of people visit Dorabjee’s and SGS mall, Westend and Victory theaters, new Zilla Parishad building, Nehru Memorial Hall, educational institutes, eateries, banks and business hubs in Camp.
Motorists are using the one-way Dastur Meher Road, Taboot Street and Center Street as two-way as there is lack of strict enforcement of traffic norms. Hawkers and encroachments on pavements are creating nuisance outside Aurora Towers, M G Road and other places.
The situation has resulted in congestion on M G Road, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Chowk and T junction of Nehru Memorial Hall, building pressure on Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) for improving infrastructure and deploying more policemen to streamline traffic in the cantonment limits.
Residents want illegally constructed shops in the basements of buildings to be demolished for creating additional space for parking vehicles.They feel this is the only solution to decongest M G Road and other places.
Legal issues have prevented PCB from taking a tough stand against builders. The new building byelaws are hoped to enable them to take action against the encroachers and provide better amenities to the citizens in the days to come.
Businessman Shyam Sahni, who is spearheading the issue of taking action against basements since early 1990’s, said the storage place for parking vehicles for residents and customers have been illegally converted into shops and sold by builders. The PCB has failed to take action against them, with a result of congestion in Camp. He said, a committee for demolishing shops from basements was set up long back, but till date nothing has happened.
He said congestion is created at Ambedkar Chowk if one takes the left turn from M G Road to go to Clover Center because customers park two or four wheelers or wait in their vehicles or autorickshaws on Moledina Road. “This causes traffic jam and PMPML buses face difficulty in moving ahe ad. There is no congestion at Dorabajee’s and SGS mall because it has sufficient parking space,“ Sahni said.
He explained that congestion outside Aurora Towers is created due to heavy flow of ve hicles coming from Dastur Meher Road, passing via two narrow roads from J J Garden. If PCB encourages motorists to park vehicles opposite Grand hotel and Iskon temple on Tarapore Road, the situa tion will be eased at Ambedkar Chowk and other places.
“Congestion is also created because thousands of people visit banks and eateries on M G Road and East Street which do not have indepen dent parking areas. Two foot over bridges should be constructed. One on M G Road and the other from Try Luck Chowk to Ambedkar Chowk for the convenience of pedestrians because they face difficulty in crossing roads,“ Sahni added. Anand Kochhar, M G Road Shops Association president said there is heavy flow of traffic coming from Golibar Maidan passing via M G Road.This creates bottlenecks at all chowks, lanes and bylanes between Try Luck, Ambedkar statute, East Street and Taboot Street. It has become difficult for people to take out parked cars, while pedestrians have to wait for 15 to 20 minutes to cross roads. We are suffering business losses on regular basis. Congestion will be eased if vehicles are diverted from lanes and bylanes adjoining M G Road.
According to Kochhar, even though the pay-n-park scheme was introduced on M G Road, large numbers of people are indulging in double and triple parking as there is no space to park vehicles in Camp.M G Road is a no hawking zone, but the PCB has not put up warning boards till date and hawkers are creating nuisance in the area. Since, PCB is not serious in taking action against them, our association has demanded that sufficient staff be deployed to deter hawkers from occupying pavements.
Hundreds of people thronging famous food joints is another reason for congestion. One-way system on M G Road was introduced some 15 years ago, but the scheme has failed to tackle the issue of traffic decongestion. We want it to be converted into a twoway , Kochhar added.
Businessman Manjit Singh Virdhi said some roads have been converted into oneway for easing traffic, but even after so many years people are not ready to adopt change and continue to create trouble by rash and negligent driving.Roads will get decongested if people start co-operating with the administration and recognize traffic sense.
Resident Pervez Khambatta said, “Camp has become a hub of encroachments in the form of handcarts around Clover Centre and J J Garden. Police is seen only on M G Road and near Bishop’s school. The stretch from Cafe Garden to Sharbatwala Chowk, Taboot Street and Center Street is one-way , but motorists are using the roads as two-way due to absence of policemen.
The situation is creating cong estion. I feel that after Laxmi Road, cantonment has become more congested because the administration has failed to take remedial measures for easing traffic. Autorickshaws also create nuisance, but now there are complaints of paral lel parking of cars on Dastur Meher Road. This is happe ning because P1, P2 system is not followed by the police.“
Sultan Inamdar, president of Pune cantonment lawyers association said congestion has increased because large numbers of people want to dri ve in cars. It can be eased if two or four people travel toget her in cars or share autoricks haws. We have closed the main gate of the court because shopkeepers and people visi ting the area to shop, park the ir vehicles inside the court premises for long hours, in or der to evade pay ng parking fee elsewhere.
Modi Khana resident, Wahid Biyabani sugges ted of starting P1, P2 system on Moledina Road because people who visit malls, eateries and schools, park vehicles on both sides of the road. PMPML buses co ming from Pune railway sta tion face difficulty taking the right turn from Nehru Memo rial Hall and moving ahead.
The situation is creating cong estion outside Nehru Memori al Hall and Lal Deval. If vehi cles proceeding to Mumbai from Solapur Road are diver ted via Hadapsar, Empress Garden, Circuit House, Resi dency Club and Pune station, the congestion will be redu ced.
Petrol pump owner Noo ruddin Somji said that conges tion can be tackled if the stretch between Pune police commissionerate and Nehru Hall is converted into one-way .
Few months ago, the stretch was converted into one-way , but was converted back to two way , following objections from local residents.
There is a lot of bottleneck ing by vehicles ferrying stu dents on Synagogue Street and Ambedkar Road, besides large numbers of people visi ting Nucleus mall opposite to the commissionerate.
Source : TOI