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Death trap on NIBM annexe road, say residents

Besides, the dangerous slope on the road also poses a major danger to the lives of the commuters in the area.

pune Updated: Feb 04, 2018 14:36 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The residents demanded that the PMC must acquire the land from the forest department with immediate effect for the road expansion project, failing which, the point will lead to one of the worst traffic choking points in the future. (HT Photo)

Residents of NIBM road, NIBM annexe and Mohammadwadi have been vociferously demanding the expansion of the narrow stretch of road near Gaibi Peer Dargah, opposite the main gate of Anand Van in NIBM annexe.

The residents demanded that the PMC must acquire the land from the forest department with immediate effect for the road expansion project, failing which, the point will lead to one of the worst traffic choking points in the future. They also petitioned PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar, Pune police chief and the traffic branch, requesting them to carry out a survey and initiate the process in the larger interests of safety and security of the residents.

Besides, the dangerous slope on the road also poses a major danger to the lives of the commuters in the area. Various citizen activists and local resident forums have also demanded the reconstruction of the faulty slope on the road with immediate effect.

Sunil Mankar, a resident of Mohammadwadi, said that the number of accidents on the slope and the road are multiplying each day and the area has become a virtual death trap. According to the traffic department, more than a thousand two-wheelers use the road to reach Mohammadwadi, Undri, NIBM road, Salunke Vihar road and other parts of Kondhwa. Besides, a number of heavy vehicles like the water tankers and gravel carrying trucks raise the dust and spoil the road gradation on a daily basis.

Kondhwa Citizens Forum, which has been seeking improvement of civic infrastructure in Mohammadwadi and Undri, said that strict police patrolling, deployment of traffic personnel and installation of CCTV surveillance cameras were what the area needed.

Regarding the road stretch, office bearer Altaf Shaikh said, “The forest land must be acquired for the road expansion project at the earliest. If the problem is not addressed, we are awaiting a major traffic disaster in the near future,” he said.

Area corporator Nanda Lonkar, who has been spearheading the campaign for the residents, said, “I got Rs.1 crore sanctioned towards the road expansion and decongestion. The PMC needs to acquire land and are in the process of the same. The issue will be resolved soon,” he said.

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 23:43 IST