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Sus road in shambles, locals blame techies for using it in large numbers as short cut to reach Hinjewadi IT park

The number of people using the road has been constantly increasing, making life very difficult for the residents, especially during monsoon season. The main road in Sus, near Pashan, has hundreds of big potholes and motorists find it tough to handle.

pune Updated: Jul 16, 2018 17:28 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
Sus road,techies,Hinjewadi IT park
Residents fill potholes on Susgaon road in Pune on Sunday, July 15. (Sanket Wankhade/HT PHOTO)

The youth of Susgaon were a busy lot on Sunday. They were busy filling potholes on 20 feet main road in Sus near Pashan. Innumerable appeals made to the public works department have had no impact and hence the villagers decided to take it upon themselves to set things right. The youth divided themselves in groups and filled up potholes with gravel and cement mix.

The number of people using the road has been constantly increasing, making life very difficult for the residents, especially during monsoon season. The main road in Sus, near Pashan, has hundreds of big potholes and motorists find it tough to handle.

The residents blame the people from the IT sector for the bad condition of the roads. The latter use the road as a short cut to reach phase III of Hinjewadi IT park, blame residents.

It has been estimated that eight thousand vehicles use the road daily. The area has seen massive development in the last two years. Many people working in the IT industry are residing in the area.

“This three-kilometre stretch takes an hour to cross. That is the kind of traffic we see on weekdays, thanks to the people working in phase three of Hinjawadi IT park and other companies in Lavale. This road provides a shortcut to their workplace and many use this road,” said Sahebrao Chandere, a villager.

The villagers lament that the road has not been maintained by the public works department.

“We have been constantly writing to the authorities but it has fallen on deaf ears. This is a crucial road and it needs to be repaired,” said Sameer Parkhi, who was helping to fill the potholes.

Sambhaji Chandere, a senior citizen, recalls that the road was built by the villages in 1972. “The then sarpanch Hanumant Sutar, with the help of villagers, created a ‘pucca’ road. After that, no official has bothered to check if there is a road in this area,” said Chandere.

First Published: Jul 16, 2018 17:27 IST