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Hinjewadi traffic issues reach CM Fadnavis as techies, residents take online petition to him

 A group of 50 volunteers, including techies, residents and businessmen, have taken the initiative and formed an online petition called ‘Free-Up Hinjewadi’ to highlight traffic woes in Hinjewadi and requested people to sign it. 

pune Updated: Sep 06, 2018 15:22 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Hinjewadi,traffic issues,CM Fadnavis
The traffic problem at Shivaji chowk in Hinjewadi. (HT PHOTO)

To highlight the daily traffic issues and crumbling infrastructure of Hinjewadi, conveners of the Free-Up Hinjewadi Movement approached thechief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday.

A group of 50 volunteers, including techies, residents and businessmen, have taken the initiative and formed an online petition called ‘Free-Up Hinjewadi’ to highlight traffic woes in Hinjewadi and requested people to sign it.

A four-member delegation led by Sudhir Deshmukh met Fadnavis at Mantralaya in Mumbai. Deshmukh briefed the CM about the issues faced by the IT employees and other residents. On behalf of the Free-Up Hinjewadi Movement, Deshmukh also submitted a hard copy of the petition to the CM, which was signed online by 19,000 people as of date.

The delegation was accompanied by Ravindra Sinha, Arun Patole and Arun Deshmukh.

Deshmukh said, “The chief minister was kind enough to give us time. He heard our problems and looked at the long and short term solutions we put forward. He assured us that he would immediately look into the matter and see that the issues are resolved.”

Thedelegation took this meeting as a positive development for their concerns, suggestions and solutions addressed in the Change.org *Free-Up Hinjewadi petition* ( https://goo.gl/WwXGTp ).

All companies from the Hinjewadi IT park have a total of 3,000 buses while employees have nearly about one lakh cars. The large number of two-wheelers also cannot be ignored. These vehicles have two prominent roads to enter Hinjewadi; Wakad to phase 1 and Bhumkar chowk to phase 1, 2. Hence, traffic congestion is unavoidable. Travel time for 2.5-km distance goes up to 50-60 minutes.

Hinjewadi IT park is the biggest IT hub in the city and nearly 3 lakh employees work there. Traffic congestion during peak hours (7-10 am and 5-8:30 pm) adds to their woes. Hence, residents, software professionals and businessmen came forward to bring a solution to this issue.

On Wednesday, Nilesh Modhave, executive engineer of MIDC, with his junior officers and ACP Shridhar Jadhav and PI Shivaji Gaware visited Hinjewadiwith members the of'Free-Up Hinjewadi Movement'. Officers heard all the problems faced by IT employees and assured to solve them in near future.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 15:22 IST