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Friday, Aug 23, 2019

Your Space: Developing areas in Pune cry for better civic management

As a result of being under the gram panchayat, Ambegaon has seen haphazard development. There’s better planning in the outer periphery of the village with larger housing schemes.

pune Updated: Jan 28, 2018 16:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
Given that Ambegaon was under the gram panchayat till 2017, most of the interior lanes are still narrow.
Given that Ambegaon was under the gram panchayat till 2017, most of the interior lanes are still narrow.(HT File Photo)

This is in regards to your report ‘Chaos threatens urban sprawl’ on January 26, highlighting the civic issues in Ambegaon.

I shifted to Duttanagar in 2006 when there were several problems. We did not have proper water supply nor good roads. However, after being included under the PMC, hopefully there should be a change. Although, the corporators are doing their bit, it is not enough.

How will the development plan help in an area where gram panchayat have already made the roads and residences? Also, the development on DP road is on a fast pace and with so many people opting for Ambegaon, there is an increase in traffic, which you have also rightly pointed out. But, has the PMC planned any solution for this growing problem?

Abhishek Barve

Needs coverage of the area

The area and related issues have been covered very well. I hope HT will continue the coverage of the area and will be catalyst in resolving the issues.

Mansing Chavan

Lack of better interior road

Thank you for covering Ambegaon in detail. I was surprised to see and understand the growth of this area.

I shifted to Ambegaon for it has good connectivity to the city and IT park areas and the population is increasing only due to this.

My only concern is about the main road towards Jambhulwadi which is much wider.

But, due to lack of a footpath, vegetable sellers have encroached the roads thus creating traffic problems.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) should look at giving us better interior roads too.

Tushar Patil

PMC must provide basic facilities

The article is informative. Giving details of schools, colleges, ward office, fire brigade and recreation is important for new comers.

Also, it focuses on civic issues like water, bus connectivity, auto rickshaw services, piped gas, police and hospital.

At a glance, policy makers as well as administrator can understand the issues and needs of the area.

Also, Jambhulwadi lake must be conserved properly. The road and beautification of the area is needed.

Also, the civic administration must provide basic needs of the rural area.

Sanjay Mayekar

Open spaces turn crematoriums

I wish HT would take up the issue of the crematorium to be built here for we have to go far for rituals of our dear ones. Besides, people in the village perform last rituals at the open space near Jambhulwadi lake which is closer to the new development. We also need good streetlights so that working women travelling late at night are safe.

Chetan Ketkar

Misuse of public spaces needs to stop

This is with reference to your report, ‘Software engineer killed over parking space dispute’ on January 21, 2018.

Should all of us not be more than sufficiently ashamed that our city has degenerated itself to being a battle ground for the fringe elements? It’s time that the elected representatives and the officers realise that while it was Naval Battiwala who was killed on January 20, for daring to question the scoundrels, tomorrow, it could be one of their own kith or kin. The authorities must discharge their responsibility to uphold law and order for the benefit of the citizens.

All around us, we find that public spaces are being blatantly encroached upon. Law enforcement authorities have done nothing much about taking strict action against the wrong-doers.

We often find that various categories of commercial vehicles blatantly encroach road space.

Can this issue be resolved? First and foremost, the police as enforcers of the law should stop acting helpless and start looking at provisions existing in the law for finding long-term solutions.

For clearance of road space, for smooth movement of traffic, the traffic police need to clear commercial vehicles, hawkers, and encroachers from side margins and kerbs, instead of just pushing the blame onto other departments.

The RTO is the authority that designates location for stands for three-seater autos, six-seater autos (outside city limits) and school buses for limited time during the day. It also fixes the maximum number of vehicles that are allowed at each stand.

Needless to state that the RTO falls short on monitoring/disciplining this. The PMC has to start implementing the Parking Policy 2016, although it has wrongly validated off street/off time parking by commercial vehicles and has glaringly missed out categorising radio taxicabs.

The district collector, being the representative of the state government, must co-operate to allot land for inter/multimodal transit/parking facilities. It is now for the RTO or the traffic police and the PMC to decide who will take the lead.

Unless all the concerned authorities and law enforcement agencies own up to their responsibilities within the given parameters, the situation is going to get drastic as days go by.

Qaneez Sukhrani

First Published: Jan 28, 2018 16:49 IST

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