TRAFFIC CHAOS SHIVAJINAGAR ST DEPOT – Narrow roads bear heavy burden of vehicles

When there is no method to traffic flow, a certain madness in bound to be its result.

Such is the situation outside Maharashtra State Transport Corporation’s Shivajinagar bus depot that there are frequent choke-ups with both ST and Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) buses getting stranded.

Daily travellers are tired of the frequent traffic congestion while pedestrians and bikers find it difficult to commute on this stretch.

Local residents said these roads have always been overcrowded because an ST bus depot, a PMPML bus depot and a railway station exist in one area in close proximity .The increasing number of buses has made it more chaotic and the small road does not have the capacity to handle heavy traffic, they said.

Though the traffic police and MSRTC authorities have worked out alternative arrangements to streamline traffic, these steps are not working ef fectively.

The bus depot has approach roads from Shimla office chowk and from PMPML’s Narveer Tanaji depot. Over 1,000 buses traverse these roads every day and the narrow roads have little scope for expansion.

Local resident Pramod Bhosale said, “Every day , we face these traffic jams. Besides the ST stand, there are residential colonies, a hospital and a school in front of the ST depot. Vehicu lar movement will increase after the scho ol reopnes af ter Diwali vacation. We do not know how the administration is going to handle the volumes. Either the ST depot or PMPML depot must shift to another place.“

Vijay Kamthe another resident said there is a little scope for widening of existing roads to accommodate additional traffic. Movement of buses and autorickshaws is not managed properly . The footpaths are occupied by travel agents and illegal hawkers. It is high time to draw up an effective plan to manage increa sing vehicular movement, he said.

Vaishali Jadhav, who always travels to a school in the area, said parents fear for the safety of their children while going to school because of the increased vehicular movement and gross mismanagement.

Sources in MSRTC said the capacity of Shivajinagar depot has already reached its maximum level and there was no scope to accommodate more buses.

An official of the traffic branch of the Pune police police said, “We have told MSRTC to change the entry and exit spots of the buses to avoid crossing at the chowk.This will prevent halting of buses on roads and will also ensure smooth travel of other vehicles. We have given a letter to MSRTC to implement the change at earliest.“

An MSRTC official said, “ We are changing the entry and exit spots of buses at the depot. However, it is difficult to ensure that every bus will follow the new route as most buses come here from outside and drivers are not aware of changes.“

Source : TOI