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Pune tops ease of living list, citizens say not really

Pune on Monday was announced as India’s most liveable city. However, on the same day, citizens grappled with chaos in the city as heavy rains, potholes and non-functional signals left traffic paralysed in most areas.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2018 12:18 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Pune was judged the most liveable city based on these pillars -- Institutional with 25 points, Social with 25 points, Economy and Employment with 5 points, and Physical with (45 points).(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

On the day Pune was adjudged the Most Liveable City in India, the resident grappled with long traffic jams coupled with non-functional signals and potholes.

The Ministry of housing and urban affairs on Monday released India’s first Ease of living index, ranking 111 cities as the most livable in the country. Pune topped the rankings and was rated as the most livable city in India.

But for Pune residents the day started with heavy traffic police presence on the roads necessitated by the slow-moving traffic.

Heavy rains, potholes and non-functional signals left traffic in most parts of the city paralysed. The traffic police control room officials said that various factors led to the chaos.

Traffic movement remained slow during the day near the Koregaon Park junction, Keshvanagar chowk, Shahdawal Baba chowk, Parnkuti chowk, and Vidyapeeth chowk.

Construction work near Katraj-Warje bypass and rainfall led to a major congestion leading to stagnant traffic in the area.

“I had to reach Vimannagar from Kothrud. It took me over an hour and a half to get there. It generally takes a long time to reach anywhere on that route, but today was especially chaotic,” said a biker, who wanted to remain anonymous.

“It took me almost two hours for a 30-km journey. A major part of the national highway has a lot of potholes. The Pune municipal corporation and the government are not even bothered. The government is asking for more investment. To any problem, we as common people get used to so easily. Pune is currently in a ditch, should we protest? (sic.),” wrote Dhananjay Angarkar on Twitter.

With a picture of cars, rickshaws and two-wheelers piling up, Sharad Goil, tweeted, “Daily traffic chaos at Wanawadi, near Kedari Petrol Pump continues, inspite of several appeals to Pune Police (sic.).”

While infrastructure problems have caused traffic snarls and affected the mobility in various parts of the city on Monday, the Pune cantonment board and Khadki cantonment authorities have decided to block three other roads starting Tuesday for the week due to Independence Day.

The roads which will be closed from August 14 include Elliot Line road and Right Flank road in Pune cantonment area and Sangamwadi road in Khadki cantonment area.

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 12:14 IST