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Rains riddle ‘cleared’ roads with potholes, again

Pune Municipal Corporation says filled 85% of potholes earlier, but continuous rains hampering process

pune Updated: Aug 23, 2018 16:54 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Motorists have tough time to ply on roads of Konark nagar of Vimannagar in Pune on Wednesday.(SHANKAR NARAYAN/HT PHOTO)

City roads are reportedly ridden with potholes owing to the fresh spell of rains since the last three days, thus adding to the woes of commuters. Incessant rainfall since Sunday led to waterlogging at multiple places, thereby leading to potholes surfacing on multiple roads across the city. Commuters have been faced with issues ranging from delay in overall travel rime and body pains.

However, the Pune municipal corporation (PMC) officials said that work related to filling of potholes has been on.

Aniruddha Pawaskar, head of PMC’s road department, said pothole filling work has been happening on a war footing, but unrelenting rains were creating difficulties in carrying out the work.

Potholes at Dhayari- Narhe road in Pune on Wednesday. ( HT PHOTO )

“We had filled up 85 per cent of the potholes in the city. However, following the recent rainfall, potholes have resurfaced. We have received complaints regarding potholes from Lullanagar, Dhayari and Paud road. Quick response teams have been informed, but continuous rainfall in the city has been a hurdle in the work,” said Pawaskar.

Paud road, Karve road, Ahmednagar road, Canal road and Satara road are some of the busiest roads in the city that are riddled with potholes following the recent spell. Metro construction work on Karve road has added to the chaos.Roads in the suburbs, including Katraj-Dehu bypass, NIBM road and Sinhagad road, have also been filled with potholes.

Potholes on Satara road in Pune on Wednesday. ( RAHUL RAUT/HT PHOTO )

PMC officials had begun clearing potholes on city roads even before the onset of monsoon. “I stay in Katraj where the main road is completely pothole-ridden,” said Vidula Deshpande, a software engineer who works at an IT park at Hinjewadi. Another frequent commuter on Ahmednagar road said that the entire stretch from Yerawada to Kalyaninagar was filled with potholes.

“The road condition is so bad that I had to repair my bike twice this monsoon,” said Manish Sharma, marketing professional who resides in Kharadi.

Dr Savita Gokhale of Gokhale hospital in Kothrud said, “The number of patients suffering from back pain and spinal cord-related injuries have increased in the past few days. Most of the patients have been blaming potholes and improper maintenance of city roads. As compared to last year, this year there is around 10 to 15 per cent hike in the number of such patients.”

Pimpri-Chinchwad meets same fate

Meanwhile, the situation is no different in the industrial township of Pimpri-Chinchwad. While Dapodi to Bhakti Shakti road is filled with potholes, the Kasarwadi to Pimpri road is in bad condition following consistent rains. Walhekarwadi to Ravet road too has around 30 potholes in the one-kilometre stretch, informed residents.

On Monday and Tuesday, vehicles were stuck in long queues on the old Mumbai-Pune highway. Raju Salve, a resident of Sangvi, said, “Sangvi to Pimpri road was completely washed out. Over 50 per cent space on the road was occupied by potholes. Commuters reached their destination at least half an hour late. During the dry spell, the Pimpri Chinchwad municipal corporation (PCMC) had the opportunity to maintain roads, but unfortunately they missed it.”

“I do not have the exact figure of potholes, but we have filled almost 85 per cent of the potholes in the city using the Jetpatcher machine. The process is still on even as the recent rainfall is creating difficulties. As soon as the rain recedes, we will fill up the remaining potholes,” saidAmbadas Chavan, PCMC city engineer.

Potholes have taken two lives in the city this monsoon

On July 15, 20-year-old Zainab Musthaq Hatyari, a resident of Kondhwa, died after the scooter she was riding on fell into a pothole as she lost balance of the vehicle. As she fell on the road, a speeding truck ran over her.

On July 30, A software engineer was run over by a truck after he fell off his bike while avoiding a pothole in Mundhwa.

Bad stretch

Roads on which potholes have come up: Paud road, Karve road, Ahmednagar road, Canal road and Satara road. In suburbs, Katraj-Dehu bypass, NIBM road, Sinhagad road have also become pothole-ridden

Road repairs

PCMC is using Jetpatcher to fill potholes. Using Jetpatcher is considered to be an efficient way of filing potholes.

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First Published: Aug 23, 2018 16:52 IST

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