Sinhagad Road residents in a jam as weekend tourists crowd monsoon destinations
The weekend saw several city residents throng Sinhagad fort, Panshet dam and Khadakwasla reservoir to enjoy the monsoon. However, residents of villages off Sinhagad Road had a tough time owing to traffic snarls.pune Updated: Jul 31, 2017 14:25 IST
The weekend saw several city residents thronging Sinhagad fort, Panshet dam and Khadakwasla reservoir to enjoy the monsoon. However, residents of Nanded, Kirkatwadi, Kolhewadi and Khadakwasla villages off Sinhagad Road had a tough time owing to traffic snarls thus affecting their daily life.
The three kilometre stretch between Nanded city and Khadakwasla dam has heavy influx of picnic-goers especially on Saturday and Sunday because of which the area witnesses traffic on both sides. "At Nanded Phata where the road is a bottleneck, the situation on weekends goes from bad to worse as thousands of tourists go towards Khadakwasla reservoir," said Swapnil Hatwalne, resident of a housing society in Kirkatwadi.
He said that the next point of traffic jam is at Kirkatwadi, where vehicular movement goes for a toss due to the encroachment on the roadside and potholes on the roads. Another resident, Prasad Joshi said, "Due to constant traffic jams, I have stopped using my car and on Saturday and Sunday we avoid going out."
He added that the locals were troubled by the traffic jams on a daily basis, and on weekends the situation was grim. “The distance between Nanded Phata and our society in Kirkatwadi is hardly one and a half kilometre, but if there is traffic jam, it takes almost one hour to reach home," he said.
Balasaheb Hagawane, former sarpanch of Kirkatwadi, said that the administration should do something about these traffic snarls. “If we see the situation near Khadakwasla reservoir, there is no dedicated parking space because of which people stop over at the spot and park their vehicles on the road. This results in traffic snarls," he said.
Hagawane, who was one of the petitioners demanding inclusion of 34 villages into the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), said, "The way police put restrictions on vehicular traffic to Bhushi dam in Lonavla, we would like to urge the police and local administration to impose similar parking restrictions on vehicles on the road along Khadakwasla reservoir on weekends, so that the cascading effect of traffic jam towards these villages will be minimised," he added.