Parked vehicles block Aundh Road footpath

Residents demand bollards to prevent menace as with no space to walk, pedestrians spill out onto oncoming traffic
Cars and bikes being parked on foot paths is no uncommon sight in the city, but leaves pedestrians at risk after they have to spill out onto the oncoming traffic on the road. The latest such threat has been spotted on Aundh Road, with both the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and traffic department seemingly turning a blind eye towards the perils of pedestrians here for as many as four years now.And now, residents of Aundh Road are demanding that bollards (a short post to stop traffic) be installed on the pavement near Raghukul Nagari Society off Ambedkar Chowk.

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

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