Residents demand flyover at busy Sinhagad Road

Aug 20, 2013, 01:43 IST | Salil Urunkar

Locals have also asked for C-shaped ramps at three locations for pedestrians, especially school children and senior citizens, to help them cross the road easily

Residents of Sinhagad Road have demanded that a flyover be built from Rajaram Bridge to Fun Time Cinema near Manikbaug – a busy 2.5 kilometers stretch – to help ease traffic congestion especially during peak hours. Locals have also asked for a C-shaped ramp at three locations including P L Deshpande Park to help pedestrians cross the busy road safely.

A delegation of locals led by the area corporator Manjusha Deepak Nagpure put forth these demands to Rajendra Jagtap, additional commissioner of Pun Municipal and Jayant Bhosekar, the ward officer.

“Sinhagad road already witnesses regular traffic jams during peak hours. Considering the upcoming townships near Dhayari, the residential and vehicular density is bound to increase in the next couple of years. A flyover from Rajaram Bridge to FuntimeCinema near Wadgaon will help ease traffic on this road,” saidNagpure.

More development more traffic Areas around Sinhagad Road are amongst the fastest developing pockets in the city. Several schools, colleges, malls, multiplexes have come up on the stretch in the past few years.

Additionally, PMC is also planning to implement BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) corridor scheme on this road, making public transport easy for commuters.

Popular tourist attractions such as Khadakwasla Dam and Sinhagadh Fort are connected through this road. Though there is no alternative route to these places, a riverside road has been approved from Shivane to Kharade, which may cut down the vehicular traffic to some extent.

Assistant Police Inspector Y G Nikam from Dattawadi traffic division said, “Since there is no other alternative to Sinhagad road, residents have demanded a flyover to ease the traffic flow. Also there is a dire need for pedestrian ramp near P L Deshpande park and other locations on Sinhagad road.” 

The road is very wide. School children and senior citizens find it difficult to cross this stretch safely. There are pedestrian ways created at some places, but the area is not pedestrian friendly because of speeding vehicles - Nilesh Bhise, resident of Vitthalwadi

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