Pune, Maharashtra: The residents of Kondhwa, find themselves ensnared in a myriad of challenges, ranging from poor traffic management to deteriorating road conditions and unaddressed sewage problems.
Despite vocal complaints from the Kondhwa Development Forum (KDF), the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has yet to initiate substantive action, leaving residents frustrated and navigating daily life amidst persisting issues.
Traffic Management Gridlock:
The stretch from Gangadham Chowk to the ISKCON Temple stands as a testament to the community’s struggles. Encroachments, bottlenecks, and potholes have transformed commuting into a daunting task. The absence of street lights compounds the problem, with antisocial activities, including roadside drinking, posing risks to both pedestrians and students.
Neglected Road Conditions Persist:
The plea from the KDF regarding the deteriorating road conditions, specifically from Aai Mata Mandir to ISKCON Temple, seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Broken dividers, potholes, and litter continue to mar the landscape despite the community’s repeated complaints. Additionally, roadside parking near Gangadham Chowk signal exacerbates traffic congestion during the evening rush.
Safety Concerns for Students and Residents:
Safety concerns loom large, especially on the road from Swayambhu Society to Aai Mata Mandir, where accidents become more likely due to steep slopes. Urgent calls for a traffic signal and increased police presence on the road leading from Shreeji Lawns emphasize the critical need for proactive measures to alleviate congestion and ensure road safety.
Ineffective Civic Measures and Resident Frustration:
Despite civic officials’ occasional visits to the area, the fundamental issues persist, leaving residents frustrated. The apparent gap between planning and implementation becomes increasingly evident, fostering discontent among those directly affected.
Authorities’ Response and Projected Solutions:
Acknowledging the urgency of the situation, a resident and KDF member, urges swift action, particularly for a traffic signal on the road from Shreeji Lawns. The PMC’s road department has committed to constructing dividers and widening the road to enhance safety, setting a completion target for May 2024.
Unattended Drainage Woes Add to Residents’ Distress:
Compounding the challenges, drainage water from Gangamata Chowk to Shatrunjaya Mandir road has been left unaddressed for a month. The stagnant water not only disrupts traffic but raises grave concerns about public health.
Despite persistent complaints and citizens facing mounting difficulties, the Municipal Corporation’s Bibvewadi Regional Office reportedly remains indifferent to the matter.
The deteriorating road condition has not only inconvenienced commuters but has also sparked traffic congestion, leading residents to demand immediate action to rectify both road and drainage system issues.