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Here’s why you will be late to work if you’re driving to office this Pune monsoon

Many prominent roads in the city, including Karve road, Paud road, Fergusson road,old Pune-Mumbai road have been dug up or is witnessing major work. According to PMC authorities, civic work has been on at various roads totalling upto 350 km in the entire city and the construction work of the metro is in the advanced stage.

pune Updated: May 28, 2018 17:07 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The ongoing Maha-Metro work is causing vehicular traffic to go at a snail’s pace, even before the onset of the monsoons. A view of the road near Garware college, Karvenagar, on Sunday which proves the need for proper planning.(Rahul Raut/HT PHOTO)

The city residents are likely to have harrowing time this monsoon as major roads in Pune are witnessing construction work related to Metro rail, concretisation and flyover and the authorities are hardly prepared to handle it. The rains are anticipated within two weeks from now.

Many prominent roads in the city, including Karve road,Paud Road,Fergusson Road,old Pune-Mumbai road have been dug up or is witnessing major work. According to PMC authorities, civic work has been on at various roads totalling upto 350 km in the entire city and the construction work of the metro is in the advanced stage.

The Maha-Metro has constructed footings and pier caps while segments have been casted on Karve road, Paud road and between old Mumbai-Pune highway near Khadki. Lakhs of commuters use these roads everyday, which witness traffic chaos during peak hours.

Once the monsoon begins, using these roads would be a nightmare for the commuters, said residents who added that there has been cases of people meeting with accidents due to dug up roads and situation may turn only worse. Besides Metro work on Paud road, Karve road and old Mumbai-Pune highway, other important roads including Fergusson College road, Satara road, Katraj-Dehu bypass are witnessing civic work such as widening of footpath, construction of BRTS lane and flyover.

Aniruddha Pawaskar, the head of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s road department, had instructed his people to complete road work by May 15 but the deadline was not adhered to. The civic body has failed to restore the 350 km road work stretch which has been dug up by Reliance, Maharashtra Natural Gas Ltd(MNGL) and Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co. Ltd. (MSEDCL). PMC has also taken up tarring work of roads which also needs to be completed by May 31.

“We will definitely complete all road digging work by end of May. For other construction works like bridges and flyovers, the total responsibility has been given to the respective departments to ensure no traffic chaos is witnessed,” said Pawaskar.

A visit to the Old Pune-Mumbai Highway,Pune-Nigdi exit point at Kharalwadi reveals that vehicular traffic flow is affected by the metro construction work.

On old Pune-Mumbai highway near Harris Bridge which connects Pune and Pimpri cities,construction work of parallel bridge to Harris Bridge has been stuck in land acquisition process. Illegally parked heavy vehicles further disrupt traffic movement. This area is sure to face the brunt once monsoon begins.

First Published: May 28, 2018 14:26 IST