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Rising number of vehicles lead to traffic congestion on Magarpatta city road

Team Hindustan Times visited Magrapatta city road, which has been identified as one of the most accident prone spots to understand the reason behind the rising number of accidents.

pune Updated: Jul 23, 2017 14:17 IST
Jui Dharwadkar
Jui Dharwadkar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Magarpatta city south gate is another accident-prone spot identified by the traffic police.(Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Commuting on Magarpatta road has become a nightmare for many with frequent traffic jams and slow moving traffic.

Pune traffic department has identified spots like the road opposite Magarpatta main gate, the stretch opposite Magarpatta south gate and Magarpatta road as few of the accident prone spots in the city.

On Saturday, Hindustan Times team visited these locations to understand more about the problems faced by commuters on these spots. The traffic on all these identified spots is heavy as people from various adjoining areas like Kharadi, Ghopardi road and Hadapsar use this road for commuting.

Sagar Raut, an IT employee who works in a company on Magarpatta road, said, "I travel from Bavdhan to Magarpatta city daily and it is a nightmare. During peak hours, the traffic moves very slowly on this road and sometimes there are jams, delaying us further. Especially during rainy season with more cars on the road there is a lot of traffic congestion. I take close to two hours to reach my office."

Raut emphasised that the major reason behind growing traffic congestion on this road has been the rising number of vehicles and lack of planning.“Earlier I used to commute by my own vehicle but later I opted for office cab as driving on this route was tiring,” he added.

A resident of Hadapsar, Abhay Desai too shared similar views."Many big malls have come up on this road adding to the number of vehicles already on the road. Also, people drive from all sides and at times there have been minor accidents on these roads," he said.

A pedestrian, Reena Agarwal said, "This road needs better planning as the number of vehicles is continuously increasing. Also, at the exits of the malls there can be junctions which might help address the issue of traffic congestion to some extent.”

When contacted, Harshad Abhyankar, coordinator, policy advocacy, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, Pune said, "If the IT traffic is more, then on such routes, the employees can be advised to commute by company buses and a dedicated bus route can be planned to make the roads safer and reduce commuting time.”

Abhyankar stated that the rising number of vehicles and increasing width of roads makes the roads unsafe as vehicle speed increases on wider lanes which are three metres or more. Hence, extremely wide roads should not be encouraged, he added.

Problems Witnessed

* Rising number of vehicles causes grave inconvenience to commuters leading to traffic jams on the Magarpatta road.

* Traffic violations on this route are making it unsafe for pedestrians and other vehicles.

* Experts have suggested proper planning of this road to address the issue of traffic congestion on this route.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 14:16 IST