Rains drain Pune traffic department’s one-way plan on Karve Road
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Rains drain Pune traffic department’s one-way plan on Karve Road

Sudden downpour forced authorities to drop initiative started on trail basis to ease traffic at Nal Stop.

pune Updated: Jun 14, 2017 13:24 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Monsoon,Pune,Karve Road
Rains and subsequent traffic jam at Nal Stop forced Pune traffic department to drop one-way traffic plan.(PHOTO HT)

The Pune traffic department’s pilot plan to convert two-way Karve Road from Nal Stop to SNDT to one-way operation fell flat within one day when sudden downpour and subsequent traffic snarls forced authorities to drop the initiative on Monday. The move aimed at reducing disruption of traffic failed to serve purpose.

Ashok Morale, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic said that the attempt was based on the observation and plan made by his department in the past 15 days. Traffic coming from Karve Nagar heading towards Deccan was diverted to left at Nal Stop instead of taking Paud Road and the attempt was carried out on a trial basis to decongest bottleneck caused at the junction where the two roads meet near SNDT, said DCP Morale.

Sufficient traffic police staff, including DCP Morale, were present at Nal Stop to carry out smooth implemention of the new diversion rule. However, hours after the traffic was diverted, the city witnessed the year’s first monsoon showers and traffic was disrupted. The traffic chaos caused due to the rain led to the withdrawal of the new diversion rule within a day. The downpour apart from causing traffic jams led to waterlogging in several parts, state-bus failure in five places, and signal post failure at four places, said DCP Morale, along with traffic jams across the city.

“The police monitored traffic movement following the implementation of new diversion rule mainly during peak hours between 9 am and to 11 am and 5 pm to 7 pm. Some citizens on Athavle Road have raised issues with the decision but our efforts were to reduce travel time by 20 minutes,” said DCP Morale.

First Published: Jun 13, 2017 13:54 IST