It definitely doesn’t suit the status of Pune as the Cultural Capital of Maharashtra to have overpowering stench and dirt in and around the railways station. Thousands of passengers can be seen covering their mouths and noses with handkerchiefs because of unclean tracks generating an unbearable stench. One of the major problems is unavailability of water which severely affects cleaning operations.
Although the station is big, it didn’t meet any basic requirements. It is really difficult to walk through the platforms not because it was not properly built but it is highly occupied by poor people to have a sleep.
Citizens are also facing problems in parking their vehicles at the railway station on account of the permanent situation of traffic chaos. In case you have to catch a train, better leave a bit earlier than your plan, otherwise you will be caught in the traffic jams on the roads near station. It gets almost half an hour for a four wheeler to come out of station’s parking area in peak hours. Breaking of parking rules by the private vehicles and auto rickshaws are the main reasons for traffic congestion. Vendors and hawkers sitting on footpath also create chaos near station area. State bus terminus, PMPML bus stops and taxi stands, are also near from railway station, making the area ought to become one of the busiest ones in the city. The Sassoon road, the Maldhakka road and the common road just outside the station regularly experience traffic congestions. Action has to be taken against the rickshaw drivers and private vehicle owners violating the traffic rules. Illegal movements of vendors and hawkers, PMPML buses and encroachments have to be restricted in order to solve the traffic problems at the railway station area.