The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has approved a budget allocation of Rs 25 crore to widen the railway underpass at Khadki, aiming to address the issue of frequent blockages in the area.
Pune Municipal Commissioner, Vikram Kumar along with officials from Khadki Cantonment Board (KCB) and Pune Railway Administration, conducted a joint meeting. During the meeting, the Municipal Corporation expressed its willingness to undertake the proposed project.
The underpass is located near a railway line and is situated in front of Khadki Police Station and the Khadki ACP Division Office at Bopodi. It serves as a crucial passage for vehicles traveling from Aundh, Bopodi, Khadki, and Yerwada areas, facilitating smooth commuting. However, due to its narrow width, traffic congestion has been on the rise in recent years. To alleviate this problem, the PMC has decided to widen the underpass near Khadki Police Station and the Khadki ACP office.
Additionally, approximately Rs 5 crore will be allocated for widening the road adjacent to the underpass. The Khadki Cantonment Board has agreed to provide the necessary space for this expansion project.
When Pune Pulse spoke to Robin Baleja, chief executive officer, Khadki Cantonment Board, he said, “The widening process is being done for more effective and smooth traffic movement where there would be no bottlenecks at all as, due to the current width of the underpass, easy movement of traffic is not happening. Hence, after all the procedures like NOC from the Army, permission from the Ministry of Defence, the tendering procedure from the PMC would begin post which the widening work will start. Thus, the space after widening of the underpass will allow free & smooth traffic movement even if a road construction/repair work begins in the future.”,