ON THE WRONG SIDE – No walkways add to commuters’ woes

Rash Drivers Pose A Huge Challenge Too
Fear of getting hit by vehicles coming from the wrong side prompts commuters to hold their breath every time they have to travel through Shrikant Thackeray Road in Kothrud.The road, which has witnessed a sharp rise in vehicular density in recent times, is mostly used by people coming from populated areas such as Mahatma Society , Sahajanad Society , Gopinathnagar, Kumar Parishar, Gandhi Bhavan areas and Dahanukar Colony . The 760 meter long and 120 ft wide road is also one of the connecting thoroughfares for people going from Paud Road to Karve Road. ly for morning and evening walks. They are exposed to the danger of accidents due to rash driving,“ said Manasi Tarte, a homemaker.

“Many accidents have occurred in these areas. People find it tough to cross the road.Rush of students and commuters hurrying for work add to the traffic pressure during peak hours. Pedestrian walkways should be developed to deal with this issue,“ said Rajendra Gorde, a former corporator, who was instrumental in developing the road.

Salil Korde, a businessman, felt there should be more police personnel on the road.“Even if they man the road during peak hours, it will help.Steps should be taken to enforce traffic discipline among vehicle owners,“ he said.

The residents claimed the presence of many shops, marriage halls, playgrounds and hotels along the road contribute to traffic snarls in the area. Vehicles parked on the road have also added to the problem. The civic body has placed road dividers and there are only a few median breaks on the road, so people prefer driving on the wrong side rather than take a long detour.

“Recently , we have installed traffic signals in the area.It has helped in streamlining traffic at Ashish Garden chowk. We have drawn up some plans for widening of the road. We have requested that traffic police personnel be stationed on the road on a permanent basis,“ said Alpana Varpe, a corporator.

Police officials said regular drives are carried out in the area. “We deploy traffic policemen during peak hours.We also take action against double parking,“ said S P Pandharkar, PI (traffic, Kothrud).

Source : TOI