Army re-opens 4 roads after residents protest

They Are Against Barriers, Don’t Mind Barricades
The four roads in Wanowrie closed by the local military authorities for security reasons since Monday evening were re-opened on Wednesday , following strong protests from the residents of Right Flank Road.Armymen, however installed white barricades on Staveley Road and Cross Road and conducted security checks in the morning.

The roads were opened after TOI on Wednesday published a report highlighting the problems the 400-odd residents of Right Flank road faced. The barricades and barriers were set up on a road next to Command Hospital, two on Right Flank Road and one on Staveley Road.

The residents on Tuesday had threatened an agitation as blocking of the roads were causing inconvenience.

Earlier, Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) elected member Vinod Mathurawala sent a memorandum to sub area commander Brigadier A K Tyagi appealing to him to keep the roads open.

The memorandum read, “The army has closed four more roads which is causing inconvenience to the local residents in Wanowrie and Right Flank Road. The move has hit emergency services as fire brigade, ambulance and hearse vehicle cannot pass through the roads.“

Mathurawala told TOI that the ministry of defence on January 7, 2015 had issued an order that all roads closed in cantonment should be opened for the general public and in case if any closure of road is required then procedure under the Cantonment Act be followed.

Even so, the roads have been closed thereby violating the directions of the ministry , he said, adding that they should be kept open for two-wheelers and residents be issued identity cards so that they do not face hassles while using the roads.

PCB vice president Dilip Giramkar has also send a memorandum to Tyagi to ensure that the roads are not closed again.

The residents have demanded that the army remove barriers installed near the Command Hospital and Right Flank Road as it fears that the authorities may bring down the barriers again and obstruct their commute. The residents did not object to the barricades for conducting security checks at regular intervals.

Traffic branch officials said, “The army had closed the roads for contingency purpose and we have been given an assurance that the roads will not be closed again.“

Copies of the memorandum were sent to the GOC-in-C of Headquarters Southern Command, Pune, director general of defence estates, New Delhi, principal director of defence estates, Pune, PCB chief executive officer and deputy commissioner of police, traffic branch.

Source : TOI