2 deaths at Chandani chowk force Pune admin, NHAI to review proposed flyover
On Friday, a speeding dumper at Chandani chowk mowed down a 10-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman besides grievously injuring another 28-year-old, which made the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) review road safety in the area. As many as 72 accidents involving 37 fatalities have been reported in this area since 2012.pune Updated: Jul 30, 2017 12:19 IST
Following a road accident that claimed the life of a 19-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl at Chandani chowk, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) were forced to review the progress of the proposed multi-level flyover at the accident-prone spot.
On Friday, a speeding dumper at Chandani chowk mowed down a 10-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman besides injuring another 28-year-old. The two women and the girl were walking towards Kothrud when the accident occurred.
The NHAI and PMC officials held meetings in their respective offices to try and speed up work on the pending project. On July 22, Hindustan Times highlighted the traffic movement at Chandani chowk after it was identified as one of the 25 spots in the city that are risky for commuters.
As many as 72 accidents involving 37 fatalities have been reported in this area since 2012. The chowk is a major entry point on NH-4. Every day, nearly 1.60 lakh vehicles pass through this junction. Considering this, the multi-level flyover was planned at Chandani chowk.
Earlier, it was decided that this project would be carried out by the municipal corporation.However, the minister of road transport, Nitin Gadkari said that as this project was on the National Highway, the NHAI will bear Rs421 crore.
The NHAI had already floated tender for it and instructed PMC to help them in land acquisition. The project department head, Srinivas Bonala, who is in-charge from PMC to execute the project said that it is true that the NHAI had asked PMC to acquire the land but PMC did not have exact land survey details and plot numbers.
Kothrud BJP MLA, Medha Kulkarni, also requested city mayor Mukta Tilak to urgently call a joint meeting on the Chandani chowk flyover project and prepared the list of land owners.
The NHAI officials were unavailable for comments.
Multi-level flyover details
The Project cost is Rs421 crore
12 hectares of land is required for the flyover project
42 months is the stipulated period for completing the project
PMC will do land acquisition and NHAI will execute the project
PMC asked NHAI will give survey and plot numbers for required land as they will able to do land acquisition