There have been 3 major accidents on Baner Pashan Link road, says resident
Rajendra Chatur, president of Baner Pashan Link Road Residents Vikas Samitee (BPLRVS), speaks to Prachi Bari about the protest undertaken by residents near the Baner Pashan Link road.pune Updated: Oct 07, 2017 23:37 IST
Rajendra Chatur is the president of Baner Pashan Link Road Residents Vikas Samitee (BPLRVS), a welfare association with over 60 residential societies and a population of 10,000 residents. He spoke to Prachi Bari about the protest undertaken by the residents.
What is this protest all about?
We are educated people who are holding a peaceful protest and we don’t want to do ‘rasta roko’ (road blockade) or stone pelting. We have been fighting since four years for this road that was promised to us. We have met everyone, from municipal commissioner and corporator atleast 60 times. Besides the Baner Pashan Link road, there are other roads, like the 12-metre road from Athashri to Someshwar wadi, nine-metre road next to Regent plaza to Big Bazaar (main baner road) and the 24-metre road from Wakeshwar temple bridge to Pashan NDA road, that we have been fighting for. The link road near Veritas company is 18 metres as per the development plan, but in reality it is only 12 metres long. We have been following up on its widening, but in vain.
What does the development plan show?
The PMC declared this as a development plan road of 120-feet width which was marked with amenities like garden, playground, women’s centre and library. However, nothing has been done about it. We are not getting any information, such as when will the road be completed or when these amenities will see the light of the day.
What kind of hurdles do residents face?
The old Baner Pashan Link road is a smaller road which has a senior citizens society, and few schools. This road has seen three major accidents as there are no proper signals nor pedestrian crossing. One cannot walk along the road as there is no pavement. Even though we have speed breakers now, it doesn’t really curtail the speeding vehicles. We also do not have a public bus service and good street lighting. Many a times, because of faulty wiring and voltage issues, the roads are in darkness.