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My City, My Voice: Pargenagar residents cry foul over unrepaired roads

The half-a-kilometre connecting road, which is 40-feet wide, is a picture of complete neglect and no repairs in sight.

pune Updated: Dec 10, 2017 22:39 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Due to gutters on the road, many women and senior citizens have met with serious accidents.(HT PHOTO)

Over 15,000 residents staying in Pargenagar locality of Kondhwa are facing a tough time due to the incomplete road work in the area. There are more than fourteen residential societies, along with independent housing units, in the area which are affected by inordinate delay in construction work. A visit to the spot conducted by HT revealed rubble and construction material dumped aside with citizens, particularly women, senior citizens and small children, facing severe commuting issues with no immediate end in sight.

The half-a-kilometre connecting road, which is 40-feet wide, is a picture of complete neglect and no repairs in sight. The old tar road has worn out completely and needs urgent repair. The road is used by residents staying in Raviraj Co-operative Housing Society, Alcon Signare, Nirmaan Housing Society, Asamanj Society, Parge Vivan Society, DSK Residential Society, Yash Rhythm, Shobha Carnation, Shobbha Ivory, Shobha Garnatorian and Alcon Royce. The citizens are being forced to take long detours to avoid accidents and vehicle breakdown on the road. Some senior citizens had to admitted to hospitals for spinal injuries after their vehicles went into the pothole-stricken road.

Area resident Shabbir Batti said that the residents were vexed by the bumpy rides and despite repeated complaints to the corporators and their local legislator, things were not moving in the right direction. “The road is in a bad shape and makes driving impossible for motorists. The womenfolk are affected the most and have stopped riding their two-wheelers on the road, ” he added.

Batti pointed out that there have frequent cases of rash and negligent driving by youths in the area in front of their society, but no action has been taken against them by the police. Batti said that he will raise the matter with the highest levels of the government and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) as the citizens’ right to a proper road was not being guaranteed by the PMC.

Alcon Society resident, Sharmistha Pandit, said, “The road repair work was slated to be completed a year ago. The PMC road’s department officials dumped material on the sides of the road and have been untraceable since then. The repair cost of the road project might have gone up during the one year and the PMC does not seem to be professional in discharging its duties on time. We are facing serious commuting issues due to the neglect and have asked the PMC commissioner to resolve the issue at the earliest,” she said. The area residents have also petitioned guardian minister Girish Bapat, member of parliament (MP) Anil Shirole and Hadapsar MLA Yogesh Tilekar, asking them to resolve the road issue at the earliest. PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar could not be reached for his comments.

First Published: Dec 10, 2017 22:38 IST