JM Road grade separators plan awaits cops' nod

Traffic police want to see relevant documents before giving permission for PMC project at SG Barve junction

Motorists on JM Road will have to wait till they can use the swanky grade separators planned there on the lines of the one being built on University Road. The reason is the traffic police have withheld permission for the project and have asked for certain documents to be produced before allowing it.

Waiting for green signal: The SG Barve junction, which is waiting to
get a nod for the grade separators. The project is an extension of the
ongoing grade separators work at Sancheti Hospital chowk. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

The work is a part of the Rs 22 crore project at Sancheti Hospital junction, where massive separators are being constructed. Vehicles coming from University Road can directly enter the separators and exit on the Court Road, which will reduce traffic congestion at the busy junction.

Krishnae Constructions are the contractors for the project. An official involved with the project said that the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) wrote a letter to the traffic police a month ago and

is awaiting approval for the project. "The separator at Barve junction will be built quickly but will definitely need temporary diversion of traffic. The work on the main separator on University Road will also be completed in a matter of months," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The stretch from Barve junction to the point where JM Road meets University Road will be free of traffic. Buses coming from Sancheti bridge and headed towards JM Road and Deccan usually cause heavy chaos on the roads.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said a formal letter from the PMC had been received and a decision would be taken soon. "The original plan is to start construction work on SG Barve junction after the main work on University Road has sufficiently finished.

We therefore need to look at certain documents like the 'work order' issued to the contractor to actually learn about the project and its benefits," said Pandhare. "We do not wish to hinder the project but are only doing our homework before granting permission. Construction will be allowed immediately after we look at the documents."

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