Pune: In an effort to reduce traffic congestion in Pune city, Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil has directed officials to prioritize measures to speed up ongoing road works. The minister reviewed the progress of various projects, including the development of the old Pune-Mumbai road, the proposed Katraj Kondhwa road, the flyover at Gangadham Chowk, the bridge and road development in Kharadi, the proposed road at Balbharati Poud Phata, and the Shivane Kharadi road.
During the review, the minister also proposed new works and measures to be taken at accident-prone places. He directed officials to remove any problems in these projects at the earliest. Repair works of 106 roads, worth around Rs. 330 crore, are currently underway in six packages in the city. The minister also urged officials to plan road repairs accordingly by setting a time limit on the ongoing digging by various agencies on roads that are not included in the packages. He also suggested informing citizens of the area about road repairs and digging.
Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar provided information about road repair works and the inclusion of 273 km of 23 villages newly included in Pune city limits. Kumar also stated that 944 km of roads are within the limits of the municipal corporation, including 210 km of asphalt and cement roads, and a total of 1,400 km of other roads. Officials plan to complete the incomplete works of the roads and connect the missing links.
The transport department provided information about accident-prone areas, and officials are taking measures in coordination with the municipality and the transport department. In addition, the drain culvert on Ambil stream and Sinhagad road has reduced the amount of rainwater accumulation, according to the transport department. The minister directed traffic control to the police department.
The review meeting was attended by MLA Madhuri Misal, Siddharth Shirole, Ravindra Dhangekar, Additional Commissioner Ravindra Binwade, Dr. Kunal Khemnar, Vikas Dhakne, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Pune City Transport Department Vijay Kumar Magar, City Engineer Prashant Waghmare, and others.