Pune : Bibwewadi Residents Face Daily Commute Struggles Amid Prolonged Road – Work

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By: Pune Pulse

June 21, 2023

Pune: The prolonged road and construction work has led to a sense of discontent among the residents of Bibwewadi as there is no smooth traffic movement, unsafe walking on streets and more issues that are taking place on a regular basis.

Speaking to Pune Pulse, Prachi Laghate Deshpande, resident of Chintamani Nagar Phase 2, Bibwewadi said, “The road work has been going on for the past 2 years from Mahesh society to Damodar society. There is no traffic management. Only one lane is open for traffic. Also, it’s not like the work is going on in uniformity. If the work on the left side of the road is going on, then, after some days, the work on the right side will be going on. Hence, that creates confusion and chaos for commuters to change sides frequently.”

“There are no barricades near the work sites, making it more unsafe for pedestrians and vehicle riders. Wherever the space is open for traffic, no traffic police or management is there. Pits of almost half a foot have been dug and kept just like that, making it more unsafe for commuters,” she further added.

Kamlakar Waghmare, Secretary, Renuka Society, Chintamani Nagar Phase 1, Bibwewadi, Pune said, “The road work has been going on for the past 1.5 to 2 years. The work is going on smoothly, however, due to the delay  in work, problems like no traffic management, one side of the road used by commuters and more are increasing and creating more problems like bottlenecks and unsafe traffic.”

Amar Shinde, Executive Engineer, PMC said, “The work is going on for a stretch of 4 km for the last 3 years. Different tenders have been floated for the works like creating footpaths and cycle tracks from Mahesh Society to Upper Depot, road work from Chintamani Nagar to Upper Depo and more. We understand the inconvenience residents and commuters have to face. Rest assured, all the works will be completed by the month of November or maximum December this year.”

Shreyas Vange