Traffic officials identify 40 trouble spots

Jun 20, 2013, 07:58 IST | Sukirt D. Gumaste

While the information has been passed on to PMC, the civic road department claims it has taken all precautionary measures to prevent waterlogging and done resurfacing work

After dealing with traffic snarls in the city for the last two days, traffic police has pegged 40 bothersome locations in the city and conveyed the information to the ward offices of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). Meanwhile, the civic road department claims it has taken all precautionary measures to avoid waterlogging and done resurfacing work.

Stuck in a rut: Traffic snarls like this one are a common sight in the city these days following a spate of heavy showers this week

Heavy rains have brought in tow long queues during peak hours. “The situation of traffic congestion resulted due to heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday. Traffic scenario was better on Wednesday, but to avoid this problem in future we have related information regarding infrastructural problems to ward offices and concerned authorities of PMC. A major part of the congestion was caused by bad condition of roads and waterlogging at the main junctions,” said Vishwas Pandhare, DCP (Traffic).

Traffic police is also implementing some measures to avoid the jumble in the city area, considering that this is the beginning of the academic year when many students travel around to buy books and stationery. They park cars outside shops, which often chokes an entire area. “Kelkar road, from Appa Balawant chowk to Faraskhana police station, has been closed to three-wheelers and four-wheelers. People have to put up with troublesome jams at the Balawant chowk and the whole Bajirao road gets affected,” Pandhare added.

Speaking to MiD DAY, Pramod Nirbhavane, city engineer, roads, said, “Problem of waterlogging has been accented by incomplete efforts of MSELDC and other water pipeline work. Roads once dug up should be filled properly, as otherwise water collects there after heavy showers. Today our engineers surveyed such spots and plugged many potholes. Road conditions are better, and we did carry out resurfacing before rains.”  

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