The Chowk is a busy junction, with commuters using it to travel to Aundh, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Khadki, Shivajinagar and Hinjewadi. “The flow of vehicles has increased largely over the last four years and every day, there are traffic jams during peak hours,“ informed Anirudh Shelar, one such resident, adding, “And, it is at this very time that the pavement is occupied by parked bike and even cars. Senior citizens and children are worst hit due to this.“
Shelar further claimed, “Besides parked vehicles, two-wheeler riders in a hurry to reach their destinations also use the footpaths to beat traffic jams, caring little for the safety of pedestrians. In the process, they often cause injuries to innocent walkers by ramming into them. Hundreds of residents across the Patil Complex Housing Society, Raghukul Nagari Housing Society, Shalimar Apartments and others in the nearby area have been suffering from this for years.“
Sandeep Kadam, assistant commissioner of the Aundh ward office, under which this area falls, told Mirror, “We will discuss this with local traffic police and install bollards to get the issue resolved at the earliest.Pedestrians are our priority. The engineering department will visit the spot on Wednesday to make further arrangements.“
Assistant police inspector (traffic) Suresh Jagtap said, “Parking on pavements is illegal.Vehicles cannot use this walking space. I will issue written orders to the PMC department concerned to install bollards on the pavement as it is their work. Pavements are for walking, not parking. Action will be taken against people parking their vehicles on the pavement.“
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Source : Mirror