Pune: Jogging clubs banned from Taljai Hill by Forest dept

Pune: Jogging clubs banned from Taljai Hill by Forest dept

Pune: Jogging clubs banned from Taljai Hill by Forest dept

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The forest department has recently banned members of running clubs from practising on Taljai Hill. This decision came into effect a few days ago following an altercation between a runner’s group and a walker, which involved a collision.

A forest guard has now been assigned to advise visitors against running on the hill. “We received multiple complaints about runner groups whose instructors charge money for practice sessions on the trails, blocking paths for other visitors. These groups should use running grounds instead of the hill. To prevent any incidents, we have banned these groups from the area,” stated range forest officer Pradip Sankpal.

A resident of Sahakarnagar, commented, “Several runner groups from across Pune come to practice on the hill. Their speed running creates dust, which is problematic for the elderly. Additionally, the group members can be very rude.”

Deputy Conservator of Forest, Mahadev Mohite mentioned, “Once volunteers are given some powers by the department, they will be able to establish rules and regulations that benefit the hills. They can then take immediate action against those who violate these rules.”