Residents raise concerns over deplorable condition of road near Empress Garden

Residents raise concerns over deplorable condition of road near Empress Garden

Residents raise concerns over deplorable condition of road near Empress Garden - pune pulse

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By: Pune Pulse

October 13, 2023

Pune: The deteriorating condition of the road near Empress Botanical Garden, in Pune Cantonment Board has prompted residents to express grievances regarding the presence of potholes and other issues faced by them. This results in delays in reaching the workplace, chronic traffic congestion, and physical discomfort experienced by commuters, which has caused significant inconvenience.

Speaking to Pune Pulse, Balakrishna Jogi stated, ”The numerous potholes on this road have caused damage to vehicles, and the absence of streetlights at night has made travel extremely hazardous. Unfortunately, there are no alternative routes available. Moreover, recently a rape case was reported on this road, highlighting the complete lack of safety during the night. Additionally, my motorcycle sustained damage due to these road conditions. Despite my attempts to complain to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), they have informed me that this issue falls under the jurisdiction of local authorities. Furthermore, there are multiple big-sized potholes situated in the middle of the road.”

Another resident, Sachin Khandelwal, has expressed concern regarding the numerous potholes that have been observed on the road, causing significant inconvenience to commuters. Recently, two accidents occurred due to the deplorable condition of the roads. Additionally, traffic congestion is a common occurrence between 5.00 p.m. and 8.30 p.m. as it takes approximately 45 minutes to travel short distances. 

Another resident of Sopan Baug, Shubhangi Deshpande complained that roads in the Cantonment area are in pathetic condition. The civic authorities must take strict action and repair these roads.  

Speaking to Pune Pulse, Sukhdev Patil, Assistant Executive Engineer, Pune Cantonment Board added, ”Following the conclusion of the monsoon season, we have commenced our efforts to rectify the potholes present on the road. In order to ensure the convenience of commuters, we have undertaken the task of repairing these potholes by utilizing a bitumen mixture. Subsequently, the resurfacing of the road will be carried out upon the completion of the tender process.”

Madhupriya Dhanwate