Beautification of Pune’s footpaths on hold as PMPML, traffic department play the blame game
The traffic police, in a recent letter to the Pune municipal corporation (PMC), asked the civic body to stop work pertaining to footpath widening stating that the frequent breakdowns of public transport buses were making it difficult for them to manage traffic flow.pune Updated: Aug 06, 2018 16:13 IST
Pune traffic police have used the frequent breakdown of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses as an excuse to stop the beautification work of roads across the city. The traffic police, in a recent letter to the Pune municipal corporation (PMC), asked the civic body to stop work pertaining to footpath widening stating that the frequent breakdowns of public transport buses were making it difficult for them to manage traffic flow.
Under a new approach to improve transportation and mobility in the city, PMC had decided to give greater emphasis on footpaths, cycle tracks, and walkways in the city.
However, as the redesigning work is in progress, the result is rampant traffic congestion, which is further aggravated by PMPML bus breakdowns. In the last six months, PMPML buses have had a breakdown over 20, 000 times, leading to large traffic chaos.
The city traffic department is irked with the consequences that the breakdowns have on the on-going works and have suggested the civic body to stop working on narrow roads. They have also asked PMPML authorities to work towards maintaining their buses better to avoid breakdowns.
In the month of July, the city traffic police sent an official letter to the civic body and to PMPML asking them to take necessary steps towards revamping the road redesigning programmes, to avoid traffic congestion.
Ashok Morale, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), said, “We have written a letter to PMPML as well as PMC to take sufficient measures to mitigate the inconvenience caused to residents. The number of PMPML bus breakdowns has been increasing consistently, leading to huge traffic jams. The footpath widening proposal of PMC has also led to narrowing of roads, which adds to the traffic congestion.”
Morale added, “We have written a letter to PMC requesting them to not undertake any further beautification of the city roads, especially Laxmi road and Kumthekar road. Their work is further tapering the road.”
Despite repeated attempts, PMC officials could not be reached for comment.
While PMC has not responded to the letter by the traffic police so far, PMPML has taken few steps in their favour.
A senior official from PMPML, requesting anonymity, said, “We had summoned all depot managers for a meeting in where they were asked to ensure that buses in their depot are in a good condition before they are sent on city roads.”
First Published: Aug 06, 2018 16:13 IST