PCMC Cops, Citizens Get Together To Discuss Traffic Issues
(Times of India, Nov 3, 2010)
PUNE: The traffic branch met citizens and elected representatives to discuss traffic problems being faced in Pimpri and Chinchwad and is now considering the various suggestions and complaints received.
Some of the main issues that came up during the meeting held last week were rash driving, allotment of parking lots for heavy vehicles, banning of heavy vehicles on certain main roads, identifying spots for tourist buses and implementation of measures to avoid incidents of heavy vehicles getting stuck in grade separators in Pimpri and Chinchwad.
Former mayor Aparna Doke said that haphazard parking on the Pimpri-Chinchwad link road inconveniences citizens and suggested that P-1,P-2 parking system be implemented to smooth out the traffic. Corporator Bhausaheb Bhoir made a similar demand and said that parking be allowed only on one side of the road in Chinchwad and heavy vehicles be banned on the Premlok Park-Chinchwad road. Corporator Rajendra Salunke said pedestrian crossings should be marked properly at various junctions.
Highlighting the traffic problems in the Chinchwadgaon area, PCMC assistant commissioner Dilip Gawde said the narrow roads and the market at the Central chowk is the main cause of congestion here. Citizen Harikishan Tikone suggested that height barriers should be erected to prevent entry of heavy vehicles on such roads, which are narrow and congested.
Representative of tempo drivers Mahipati Jadhav said a proper place should be identified for parking of tempos near the Khandoba Mal chowk in Akurdi.
Meanwhile, citizens said that violation of the one-way traffic rule on the main roads in Pimpri leads to various problems. They said that a proper place should be designated by the municipal corporation and the traffic police for handcart owners and hawkers, and haphazard parking of autorickshaws be prevented. While they unanimously demanded action against traffic violators, civic officials, in turn, assured them that they would respond to the points raised.
Also, traffic police officials urged citizens to complain about errant rickshaw drivers. Assistant commissioner of police, Pimpri, Prashant Mohite said, “People should necessarily complain against rickshaw drivers who are rude, refuse to ply by meter or smoke while driving to the nearest traffic policemen, who will take suitable action against such drivers.”