Manjri residents your commute is set to get longer from Friday after railway crossing shuts down for two years
The railway crossing in Manjri, over which a railway overbridge will soon be built, will be closed for the next two years, starting July 27.pune Updated: Jul 26, 2018 16:44 IST
The railway crossing in Manjri, over which a railway overbridge will soon be built, will be closed for the next two years, starting July 27. The notification about the same was issued by the district collector’s office on Wednesday.
For heavy vehicles, the local government has suggested a way through Keshavnagar region, while light and private vehicles can pass through Bhapkar Mala, according to Shivraj Ghule, sarpanch of Manjri. Therefore, the road to Magarpatta City, which is also an option for reaching the city, might experience added traffic, Ghule added.
“The railway crossing experiences heavy traffic. When the partition is down (when trains are passing), sometimes, 300-400 vehicles stack in the area. But alternative routes have been provided,” said Ghule said.
When asked if the closure of the railway crossing will affect the daily vehicular traffic to industrial areas, schools and hospitals, Ghule said,“It will not affect school-going traffic at all. There are hardly any hospitals in Manjri to affect the traffic flow. If we have to go to any of the hospitals in the city, going through Keshavnagar, Mundhwa and Koregaon Park areas works better for us.”
“The tender for the overbridge has been floated and the process is expected to be finished in the next two months,” according to the Pune railway division public relation officer. While the tender is yet to be finalised, the crossing will be closed for public use. Therefore, if the tender process is delayed, the route connecting Manjri directly to Pune-Solapur highway will be affected for a longer time.
In his time, (Chandrakant Balasaheb) Shivarkar had proposed and sanctioned the project. However, it was stalled later, according to Ghule.“But the current MLA (Yogesh Tilekar) got the process going and eventually got Rs 50 crore for the project. It was a two-lane bridge before, but he also managed to make it a four-lane bridge. This is a good move as the Fursungi bridge, which is two-lane, experiences congestion,” Ghule said.
First Published: Jul 26, 2018 16:44 IST