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Pune roads: PMPML Bus breakdown in BRTS lane, A traffic chaos called Khilare Patil street

The driver of the bus said that the air brakes of the bus got locked and the vehicle got jammed in its position as a result.

pune Updated: Aug 28, 2018 17:54 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Passengers alight and walk after a bus broke down near Morwadi, Pimpri on Monday evening. This caused inconvenience to passengers apart from causing traffic congestion.(HT PHOTO)

A Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus broke down in the bus rapid transit system (BRTS) route in Pimpri-Chinchwad area on Monday evening which led to traffic congestion. As a result, as many as six to seven buses were stranded on the route.

Passengers suffer

It is chaotic and passengers had to alight the buses and walk in order to get into other buses.

The entire stretch was congested as the bus heading towards Nigdi broke down, a few hundred metres from PCMC bus-stop in Morwadi, Pimpri.

The driver of the bus said that the air brakes of the bus got locked and the vehicle got jammed in its position as a result.

The incident happened around 300-400 metres away from the Morwadi bus stop on the BRTS route.

The buses which came in behind the bus in question also got stuck. The drivers of the other buses had no clue as to why there was a long queue of buses standing in the restricted area.

Cost of negligence?

This is a classic example of how public transport is rendered useless during rush hours of the day due to negligence and improper maintenance.

“The broken down bus was plying on Shewalwadi to Nigdi routes. It had developed an air vaccum problem because of which it had suffered a jam. This was reported around 4:30pm after which a van from Nigdi was sent to the spot and the bus was moved. As per our information, it was cleared within 20-25 min,” said a spokesperson of PMPML.

However, S Patel, assistant police inspector, Pimpri traffic division said that it was the police and the passengers who helped to take the bus aside.

“Traffic flow on the road was not affected only the BRTS route was blocked for some time,” he said.

Changes in traffic movement create more chaos at Khilare Patil street

With vehicle users and locals ignoring traffic police directions and taking a turn before the road barricades put up by the traffic police, vehicle congestion was seen at Padale chowk due to diversion on Khilare Patil road on Monday. ( Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo )

Pratham Gokhale, Shalaka Shinde

The traffic police initiative to solve traffic congestion in the area along Khilare street off Karve road have only added to the vehicle users’ problems. On Monday, the traffic police had to make changes by removing the barricades, which have been installed at the circle that connects Khilare Patil Path to Kashibai Khilare Path.

As per the changes, people coming from Mhatre bridge have to go all the way to Nal Stop chowk and come back instead of taking a right turn at Keshvrao Padale chowk. However, it was seen that vehicle users and locals preferred ignoring the traffic police directions and taking a turn before the barricade blocks their way, causing traffic congestion.

Following the changes, commuters were taking their vehicles into no-entry at the Padale chowk, further creating chaos and quarrel among commuters.

“Instead of barricading, if policemen are deployed in every chowk, it will be better managed. Barricading is clearly not serving the purpose,” said Datta Birajdar, a local pedestrian.

Further, parked four-wheelers in the direction of Nal Stop had caused another bottle-neck for the people who are directed to Nal Stop.

“There are also cars parked along the Khilare Patil road. Which narrows the road further. In addition, P1, P2 odd-even parking system (which is active in various parts of the city already) or disciplined parallel parking will help smoothen the issue,” added Birajdar.

Ram Borkar, who works in a political party office located in the area, said, “Shutting the right turn is of no use. The road is generally used by people heading form Central Mall to Navi Peth and old Pune area. Those people get miffed and take the right turn before the circle, in an indisciplined manner which caused chaos.

“If the duration of the signal near Mehendale garage chowk is increased, it might help solve the congestion,” Borkar added in the form of a suggestion.

First Published: Aug 28, 2018 17:34 IST