Motorists remain in distress as several hawkers & vendors, selling fruits, vegetables etc, keep operating illegally on the Sangvi to Ravet BRTS road, causing serious threat to motorists’ safety. Due to such vendors, some people haphazardly stop their vehicles on the road to buy things from these hawkers.
Dattatray Deshmukh, Chairman, Pimpri Chinchwad Cooperative Housing Society Federation, said “The road was very big earlier. However, the size of the footpath has been increased, making the road smaller. On top of it, these fruit & vegetable hawkers keep installing their carts every day on the road, making the roads more smaller. Then, from where should people travel? We are pursuing this issue since the beginning with the PCMC but no plausible answers are coming. Nothing is done for this due to which commuters suffer.”
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Chandan Chaurasia, a commuter on the Sangvi to Ravet stretch & resident of Pimple Saudagar, said “I see these hawkers & sellers placing their carts on the road & operating their business, causing encroachments. People stop their vehicles on the road to buy stuff, increasing the risk of accidents or mishaps. Such hawkers must stop putting up their carts. Also, if people stop buying from such vendors, then the accident risk & commuter inconvenience will automatically go. The PCMC must immediately remove all these vendors & fine them too.”
Ravi Bhosale, Resident of Pimple Saudagar, said “This hawker issue is very dangerous. These vendors install their business anywhere on the road without any care. Also, several motorists simply stop their vehicles on the road to buy things from these vendors. As the road is very big, vehicles ply at a very high speed & in such scenario, if vehicles suddenly stop or slow down, it increases chances of accidents. These vendors are very smart as they know when the authorities will patrol. For that time, they disappear. After that, they come back. Hence, this issue must get permanently resolved immediately.”
Vishal Datta, a commuter & resident of Pimple Saudagar, said “The fruit vendors are always present there. Several people, without any indicator, horn etc, stop their vehicles on the road to buy, causing traffic jams, risk of accidents. Due to this, when you travel on that stretch & you stop or slow down your vehicle, there is a good chance that the vehicles from your back might crash into your vehicle. There’s always a personal hazard on this stretch. Any fatal situation could take place due to this.”