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Katraj-Kondhwa road to soon put an end to traffic woes

The 3-km long road will see an extensive rework as PMC okays Rs.225-crore proposal regulate traffic flow.

pune Updated: Jan 16, 2018 15:04 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Estimated to cost around Rs.225-crore, the project is the most expensive 3-km long road rework project of PMC.(HT Representational Photo)

The Rs.225-crore Katraj-Kondhwa road, which will be constructed between Rajas Society chowk and Khadi Machine chowk by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), will prove to be a boon for commuters and will result in an end to the long pending issue of constant traffic congestion on the road. This will prove as a relief not only for the area residents, but also for highway commuters.Estimated to cost around Rs.225-crore, the project is the most expensive 3-km long road rework project of PMC.

Residents and civil society members have welcomed the move and said that it was one of the most important initiatives aimed at decongesting the area and enforcing traffic discipline. The area has been facing some of the worst traffic jams in recent times and a large number of residents had asked the civic body to expedite and complete the project on time.

The PMC administration maintained that its primary objective has been to significantly improve the traffic flow from the Mumbai-Bengaluru Highway (NH-4) to Pune-Solapur Highway (NH-9) and to also help minimise daily traffic jams.

The traffic from Katraj, Wadgaon and Chandani chowk as well as from Satara, going to Solapur and Ahmednagar, will use the proposed road, thereby reducing the traffic load in the heart of city with special focus on Satara road and Shankarsheth road, including Hadapsar.

Hadapsar MLA Yogesh Tilekar, who had been constantly following up with the PMC and state government on the project, said that the road rework will lead to a complete change in the traffic scenario and behaviour in the area.

“As many as 42 citizens have lost their lives in different road accidents in the area recently and it was the need of the hour to construct the road at the earliest. I have been personally following it up with the stakeholders for the past 17 years and took out marches for the same. Residents will benefit the most from the project and I am happy that the project has been sanctioned,” he added.

The traffic feasibility report of the road stretch has revealed that a whopping 13,000 heavy vehicles pass through the road on a daily basis. The new project entails that due to the passing of direct vehicular traffic without any crossing, the time of travel will be reduced considerably and will also result in fuel savings for many residents.

The current plan ensures that due to the separation of direct and local traffic, traffic congestion will be almost negligible, bringing down air pollution and resulting in shorter travel time and fuel savings.

Tilekar further informed HT that the project, after receiving an in-principle sanction, has now been sent to the PMC’s standing committee for the final approval, following which the work order of Rs.225 crore will be released. The area residents have expressed a sense of great satisfaction and relief after we informed them about the approval and finalisation of our demand, he added.

Kondhwa Citizens Forum office bearer Altaf Shaikh welcomed the proposal and said that it would bring an end to the frequent accidents, traffic snarls, honking and noise pollution in the area. “The residents, including commuters, had been facing a tough time due to the lack of planning and unprofessional planning of the area by the civic body. We want the PMC to understand that proper planning of the area is a must and only then, would road traffic issues be solved. We hope that the civic body learnt from its mistakes and ensure that it delivers one of the best model roads for the area residents,” he said.

First Published: Jan 16, 2018 15:02 IST