After a MiD DAY report on the failure of the authorities to clear the open space outside the Holistic Child Development of India (HCDI) complex and City Pride Residency at Salunkhe Vihar road of private buses and other vehicles parked there, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) swung into action and cleared the whole patch last week.
Then and Now
The patch of Salunkhe Vihar road has been cleared by the PMC for
smoother flow of traffic. pic/Krunal Gosavi
Parking of any vehicles is prohibited at the spot. The residents of complexes, including Dorabjee Enclave and Clover Village, had been filing complaints for the past two years against the misuse of the open space. They had complained about the waste of space, saying it could instead be used to widen the road. They said the spaces were being misused by adjoining buildings and even Rosary school, which parked its private buses there.
"Though the road has been repaired, some people still park their vehicles there. We have been assured that too will be taken care of. But there are other open spaces in the area which need urgent repairs," said Shabbir Jara, chairman of Dorabjee Enclave.
MiD DAY had also reported on how the widening of the entire Salunke Vihar road had been stalled despite the PMC issuing demolition notices to encroachers. The haphazard encroachment was causing the open spaces to become narrower.
The civic body had chalked out a plan to convert the road into a one-way street after receiving complaints from pedestrians and commuters, for whom the road has become dangerous. It was reported that the encroachers, mainly the occupants of row houses who have created structures outside their apartments, had even managed to get a stay order from the court to stop the demolition after they were issued notices.
Corporator Tanaji Lonkar said: "We cleared the area last week and have debarred tempos and lorries to be parked there. We have also told the school not to park its buses there but inside the school's gate. The issue of widening the entire stretch of Salunkhe Vihar road will be sorted out soon."