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Learn to live with traffic in India’s ‘most liveable city’ Pune

Traffic movement remained slow through portions of the day near the Koregaon Park junction, Keshvanagar chowk, Shahdawal Baba chowk, Parnkuti chowk, and Vidyapeeth chowk.

pune Updated: Aug 14, 2018 16:30 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
India’s ‘most liveable city,Pune,Koregaon Park junction
Traffic jam at Gultekdi in Pune on Monday, August 13, 2018.(HT PHOTO)

Heavy rains coupled with potholes and non-functional signals left traffic in most parts of the city paralysed on Monday.Incidentally, traffic snarls were caused on a day when theministry of housing and urban affairs declared Pune to be one of the most livable cities in the country.

The week started with heavy traffic police presence on the roads necessitated by the slow-moving traffic. The traffic police control room officials said that various factors led to the chaos.Traffic movement remained slow through portions of the day near the Koregaon Park junction, Keshvanagar chowk, Shahdawal Baba chowk, Parnkuti chowk, and Vidyapeeth chowk. Construction work near Katraj-Warje bypass and rainfall led to a major congestion leading to stagnant traffic in the area.

"I had to reach Vimannagar from Kothrud. It took me over an hour and a half to get there. It generally takes a long time to reach anywhere on that route, but today was especially chaotic," said a biker, who wanted to remain anonymous.

"It took me almost two hours for a 30-km journey. A major part of the national highway has a lot of potholes. The Pune Municipal Corporation and the government is not even bothered. The government is asking for more investment. To any problem, we as common people get used to so easily. Pune is currently in a ditch, should we protest? (sic.)," wrote Dhananjay Angarkar on Twitter.

With a picture of cars, rickshaws and two-wheelers piling up, Sharad Goil, tweeted, "Daily traffic chaos at Wanawadi, near Kedari Petrol Pump continues, inspite of several appeals to Pune Police (sic.)."

While infrastructure problems have caused traffic snarls and affected the mobility in various parts of the city, the Pune and Khadki cantonment authorities have decided to block three other roads starting Tuesday for the week due to Independence Day.

The roads include Elliot Line road and Right Flank road in Pune cantonment area and Sangamwadi road in Khadki cantonment area.

Roads closed from August 14

Elliot Line road to be closed till Aug 16, 2018 (Pune cantonment)

Right Flank road to be closed till Aug 19, 2018 (Pune cantonment)

Sangamwadi road to be closed till Aug 19, 2018 (Kirkee Cantonment)

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 16:30 IST