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This ‘Puneri’ signage says ‘No wheelchairs in garden’

Yashwantnagar Garden of Yashwant Ghadge Society on Range Hill road also bans entry of people on bicycles, children on tri-cycles and those wearing spiked shoes, strollers with infants and pets

pune Updated: Jul 09, 2017 15:19 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Yashwantnagar Garden,Yashwant Ghadge Society,Puneri Patya
The board outside Yashwant Ghadge Nagar Society garden in Pune says it all.(PHOTO HT)

‘Puneri Patya’ is a term for the strange signages in the city which list out numerous ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ and draw laughs and smirks in the process. One such prominent signage has been put up on Range Hill road outside Yashwantnagar Garden of the Yashwant Ghadge Society.

This very prominent signage bans the entry of people on wheelchairs, bicycles; children on tri-cycles and those wearing spiked shoes. People bringing in pets and strollers with infants and people wearing leather shoes, slippers and skating shoes are also not welcome in this garden.

Only those coming bare foot or wearing sports shoes are allowed in the garden. The garden is prominently located in the up-market Yashwant Nagar/Bhosale Nagar area with the swanky office of the real estate firm, Avinash Bhosale Infrastructure Limited (ABIL) and residences of prominent Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Kakade (associated member of BJP), and former Maharashtra deputy chief minister, Ajit Pawar in the neighbourhood.

The signage banning entry of wheelchairs appears particularly offensive and insensitive. Close to this locality is the Queen Mary’s Technical Institute for Disabled Soldiers and the Paraplegic Rehabilitation Home where a number of soldiers and ex-servicemen on wheelchairs can be seen on the roads.

When asked by Hindustan Times about the signage, Sunil Patil, chairman of the Yashwant Ghadge Society, said the garden is the private property of the society meant for 30 odd houses in the area.

“The sign board is applicable for the synthetic track that we recently installed in the park. Wheelchairs, spiked shoes and cycles are not allowed on the track. However, the rest of the park is accessible to every member of the society,” he said. The fact remains that the signage banning entry of wheelchairs and strollers, appears in bad taste and does not specify that the restrictions apply to the synthetic track only.

First Published: Jul 09, 2017 14:23 IST