Residents of Ved Bhavan Society, Kothrud, staged protests to voice their displeasure with the state of the roads. Chanting slogans such as “PMC and NHAI are playing with the lives,” they charged that the officers were ignoring the problem and that the administration was negligent.
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Purnima Shetty, Resident of Ved Bhavan Society, Kothrud, said “The PMC has wrongly built the road. The signs are wrong. They are given in such a way that there is no proper signage to go out from here. There is no footpath over here. Everything is wrongly built. The vehicles come from the highway at high speed. Overall, it’s very risky. Many accidents have already happened here. The overall planning of building the flyover by breaking the tekdi is done in the wrong manner.”
Prajakta Kulkarni, Resident of Ved Bhavan Society, Kothrud, said “The service road of Ved Bhavan Society has no traffic control. It has been constructed by breaking the tekdi in a haphazard manner without planning. The slope coming towards Lane no 5 through which we enter the society is very steep. We cannot understand exactly where the vehicles come from. Senior citizens & kids face issues while walking from there.”
As per further information from Prajakta Kulkarni, 650 to 700 people of various nearby societies participated in the protest.
Residents of the Chandni Chowk area shared terrifying stories of near-death experiences and accidents, earning the road a moniker of “death trap.” Thousands of people who live near the Viral Ved Bhavan stretch of the Pune-Mumbai highway have demanded a safer road because the issues with traffic management at Chandni Chowk still exist despite large investments in the area.