Mohammadwadi residents to protest callous attitude of Pune Municipal Corporation’s road department
Unhappy with the delay in acquiring land for the 9 metre section of DP road from Raheja Vista till Ghule Patil chowk, Mohammadwadi residents will stage a protest in May.pune Updated: Apr 29, 2018 16:29 IST
Unhappy with the delay in acquiring land for the 9 metre section of DP road from Raheja Vista till Ghule Patil Chowk, Mohammadwadi residents will stage a protest against the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) road department in May. The residents allege that the road department has been shirking away from its responsibilities for six years.
A visit to the area revealed that the necessary safety traffic signs, ‘work in progress’ signboards and traffic barriers were not present. Iron rods were also found protruding from the incomplete stretch of the road from Raheja Vista till Ganga Florentina, which posed a serious threat to commuters safety while using the road. Citing these concerns, residents have submitted a written complaint to the Kondhwa police station requesting police to book road department officials for endangering residents’ lives by delaying construction.
Daljeet Goraya, secretary, Ganga Kingston housing society, said, “The road department is responsible for any accident on incomplete stretch of the road. The land acquisition department, surveyor, roads department including all their supervisory officers are to be blamed for the delay in land acquisition.The residents will ensure that first information reports (FIR) are lodged against everyone responsible.”
Rutuja Pawar, a resident of the area, said that there was no option but to come out and protest against the callousattitude of the road department.
As many as 4,000 families, including senior citizens, pregnant women, patients and children have been affected by the lack of progress on the road.Residents have complained to the Chief Justice of India, governor of Maharashtra , Pune police commissioner and chief minister Devendra Phadnavis, alleging that road department officials were ignoring their plea and actively creating obstacles to the construction of the road. The chief minister’s office has instructed the urban development secretary to probe the issue.
The residents have petitioned the national human rights commission, ministry of social justice and welfare, and women’s commission at the centre and state, alleging that the former PMC administration under the previous PMC commissioner was denying them their basic fundamental right to the road.