Clock ticking on Pune civic body’s 10-road deadline
Work is being carried out on Swami Vivekananada road in Bibwewadi, Jungli Maharaj road, Fergusson College road, Laxmi road,Tilak road, Kumthekar road, Bajirao road, Nehru road, Shivaji road, and Bibvewadi road.pune Updated: Jun 12, 2018 15:04 IST
The Pune municipal corporation (PMC) claims that it is following its monsoon deadline and finishing maintenance and upgrade of 10 important roads. The revised date for finishing the work is June 16.
The original deadline for finishing all road work was May 15 deadline and set by the PMC itself. The 10 roads currently being finished are prioritised on the grounds that they are important and fall under the ‘emergency’ work category.
Work is being carried out on Swami Vivekananada road in Bibwewadi, Jungli Maharaj road, Fergusson College road, Laxmi road,Tilak road, Kumthekar road, Bajirao road, Nehru road, Shivaji road, and Bibvewadi road.
Aniruddha Pavaskar, head of PMC’s road department, has issued instructions to the his engineering staff to instruct junior staffers in charge of digging roads to complete the job.
Pavaskar said, “ We have barricaded the construction on the roads so citizens have to face less harassment during the monsoon. The work will be completed in a week.”
The road department received a road budget of Rs 350 crore for the year 2018-2019. Eighty per cent of the budget is allocated for road construction, Pawaskar added.
Meanwhile, residents have complained that the ongoing road work in the city is causing serious issues for commuters.
Saleem Mulla, another activist, said, “Lack of interest by public representatives for the past three decades is behind the rising road issues in the city. The citizens must wake up and file right to information (RTI) pleas demanding information on the local roads which are being constructed at their expense.”
PMC officials has given permission to various road contractors to dig up 350 km of different roads across the city this year.
Post-digging, work comprises of repairing footpaths, constructing dividers, concretisation and pothole-filling exercises. However, these projects are to be completed. The PMC has 26 assigned agencies, comprising electricity utilities, cellphone operators, telecom companies, internet service providers and underground piped gas companies to dig roads for laying pipes and cables.