A project that was supposed to ease traffic congestion at Dhayari Phata has ended up adding to the chaos. Four years since its inception in 2009, the work on the flyover is held up due to improper alignment of drainage lines, shifting of Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) transformers and cases filed by two landowners against the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
Pegged at Rs 30.12 crore, the 944-meter-long Dhayari Phata flyover project was sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in December 2009 after it received a green signal during Standing Committee and General Body meetings. The then Standing Committee chairperson Neelesh Nikam had said the flyover work would be completed by December 2011.
“We have done only 65 per cent of the work,” a source in the JNNURM said. Another JNNURM official said cementing work of the carriageway of the flyover was in progress. The official said reallocation of water drainage lines, shifting of MSEB transformers and two court cases delayed the work. “We are hopeful to finish the flyover work by year-end,” the official said.
PMC Executive Engineer Yuvraj Deshmukh said the hurdle delaying the construction work was taken care of by the PMC, wherein illegal constructions of 24 buildings near the Dhayari Phata Junction were razed in December 2012.
“Soon, we’ll be demolishing some part of a building affecting the flyover work. The junction is in a low-lying area and gets waterlogged every monsoon. At present, work on an elevated cement road is half done. This will not only solve the waterlogging issue, but expedite the flyover work as well,” Deshmukh said.
The Dhayari Phata Junction, which earlier fell under the jurisdiction of the Haveli police station, was handed over to the Dattawadi police station 15 days ago. A couple of traffic policemen have been deployed to control the traffic during peak hours. Vishwas Pandhare, DCP of Traffic Branch, said, “Our jurisdiction has expanded and we need to control traffic problems on the busy Sinhagad Road till Dhayari Junction.”