By: Pune Pulse
October 10, 2023
Pune: The issue of flex, hoardings and banners put up on Ivy Estate Road in Wagholi has created distress among the residents. As per the residents, they have been facing this issue for a long time now.
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Sandeep Kumar, a resident of Ivy Estate Society, Wagholi said “I have been living in Ivy Estate since 2 years. Since then, I have been noticing this hoarding & banner issue. Due to the hoardings, the view of the right-hand side gets blocked. It becomes a blind spot for us whenever we go on Nagar Road. That’s why it becomes very critical to drive on this road as anything untoward may happen any time with anyone.”
Vijay Sharma, another resident of Ivy Estate Society, Wagholi said, “Whenever people put flexes & hoardings, it obstructs visibility. One cannot see from which side the vehicles are coming from. Due to this, a terrible accident of a lady had taken place in March 2022. Before that, nobody even bothered to notice this issue. After the accident, the banners were removed only for a short period. However, the banners & hoardings have come back troubling us for a long time now.”
Santosh Krishna, another resident of Ivy Estate Society and Director Of Wagholi Housing Society Association said, “All are advertising banners. Some are political banners too but those are everywhere, not just on Ivy Estate Road. These are put on street lights, dividers, etc. Some banners are permanently fixed in some places too. Due to strong winds, some banners tend to fly away. They lay fallen on the road without any attention. PMC has been informed of this several times along with taking numerous follow-ups. However, no response comes from their side.”
As per further information from X handle of Santosh Krishna, “Remove all flex boards and advertising banners fixed on street light poles and dividers at Ivy Estate Road, Wagholi.”
Sanjeev Patil, Director of Wagholi Housing Society Association said, “This issue is very severe. The banners keep flying due to the strong winds. If these fall on anyone, who is responsible for it? The banners obstruct visibility and nobody can see clearly what is ahead of them.”The residents are demanding that PMC must take action against the flexes, banners causing visual pollution and fine the violators flouting the norms set by the civic body.