PMC fails to take action against deadly potholes in the city
Continuous efforts of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to cover as many potholes as they can is not showing any result as heavy showers either lead to emergence of new potholes or make the existing ones bigger and deeper.pune Updated: Jul 27, 2017 13:59 IST
Potholes in the city have once again come under the spotlight after a woman motorcyclist was recently killed in an accident involving potholes in Mumbai.
Continuous efforts of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to cover as many potholes as they can is not showing any result as heavy showers either lead to emergence of new potholes or make the existing ones bigger and deeper.
In Dighi, parts of the roads are still under construction. Abhijeet Verma, a resident of Dighi, said that the traffic police were helpful by guiding them through the diversions. “Earlier in the day, some workers were filling up the potholes which were huge,” he added.
Roads in Lohegaon’s Sathe Vasti are in bad shape. Aditya Chauhan, a resident of the area, said, “The roads here are the worst and the PMC has not even paid attention to them in the past two years.”
However, according to residents of Vimannagar, PMC has been working diligently. Pritha Nair, a resident of Vimannagar, said, “We complained about the potholes on their app and there was a prompt reply to the query. Though they came to fill up the pothole a day ago, it is still not in a good condition. Also, the road from Lunkad Queensland to a defunct mall, almost 50-metre stretch, is very badly maintained and is not even touched by PMC at all.”
The flyovers too, seem to have plenty of potholes, like the one on Paud phata flyover, which have emerged due to heavy showers over the past few days. “I regularly use the Paud phata flyover while going to work and was in shock when my bike bounced over the pothole. Luckily, there was no vehicle behind me,” said Jyoti Dhamale.
Even the newly constructed flyover near Sancheti bridge has a few potholes with a massive one that is unavoidable for any motorist or two-wheeler rider. “I tend to be very careful driving around the bend and try as much as I can to avoid it but it is just not possible,” said Yogesh Dabak, a frequent traveller.
Potholes on the university road flyover had a quick refill after HT reported the issue but the pothole near Pashan exit has been untouched. It has become a big crater filled with stones and water. Similarly, Kaspte Vasti has several potholes and they are unavoidable, said Amol Bankar who lives in that area. AK Bose, Dapodi resident, who uses the Bopodi Aundh road everyday, said, “It’s a sad tale. Every year they fill up the potholes and every year it is washed away after a single heavy shower. How many times should a person complain?”
The Pune Municipal Corporation is spending a total of ₹200 crore on the road project in the entire city with an additional ₹100 crore for hot mix and maintenance of the roads. Rajendra Raut, PMC head of road department said, “We have 12 road maintenance vans on the move and our people have been attending to the various complaints that we are receiving through social media, toll free numbers of PMC as well as Twitter. We have completed 50% of the work on Swargate Sarasbaug road while other half of the work should be completed soon by MSRDC. We have also filled up the large pothole at the Pashan exit of the flyover.” He also added that the slip roads, where flyover work is ongoing, will see damages and thus they are pushing for the contractors to concretise the road once the flyover work is completely over. “Some of the roads don’t fall into our zones like Dighi which is still under gram panchyat. Our limits are only till Dhanori,” he added.