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Underpass that connects Baner and Balewadi to the Pune-Bengaluru highway now only for two-wheelers

There are two spacious underpasses about 500 metres away which are good for use, but most of the residents tend to use the narrow passageway. Therefore, to stop four-wheelers from using the underpass in order to reduce traffic snarls bollards are installed, which only allow two-wheelers to pass. 

pune Updated: Jul 12, 2018 18:43 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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To stop four-wheelers from using the underpass, bollards, which only allow two-wheelers to pass, have been installed.(RAHUL RAUT/HT PHOTO)

The underpass that connects Baner and Balewadi to the Pune-Bengaluru national highway has always been a traffic choke point because of the congested pathway. Come monsoon, many of the commuters have to wade through a feet-deep water to reach the other side.

The municipal corporation has taken cognisance of this and in view of the continuous downpour and consequent chance of water logging, the underpass towards the highway leading towards the company Bitwise will now be open only for two-wheelers. This step was taken by Amol Balwadkar, Balewadi corporator, after constant complaints from residents about being stuck in traffic for long hours.

“The underpass in question is the shortest route to cross over to the opposite side of the highway and since it is a very narrow passage, only one vehicle can pass from one direction at a time. This leads to mile-long traffic snarls on both sides of the service road, which will eventually overflow onto the highway,” said Balwadkar.

There are two spacious underpasses about 500 metres away which are good for use, but most of the residents tend to use the narrow passageway. Therefore, to stop four-wheelers from using the underpass in order to reduce traffic snarls, Balwadkar has installed bollards which only allow two-wheelers to pass.

Balwadkar also urged residents using cars and other vehicles to use the underpass near Yogi Park and NEXA showroom.

First Published: Jul 12, 2018 17:03 IST