“Will Action Ever Be Taken On Heavy Vehicles?, Question Pune Residents After Tragic Accident Near Gangadham Chowk in Market Yard

"Will Action Ever Be Taken On Heavy Vehicles?, Question Pune Residents After Tragic Accident Near Gangadham Chowk in Market Yard

"Will Action Ever Be Taken On Heavy Vehicles?, Question Pune Residents After Tragic Accident Near Gangadham Chowk in Market Yard

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A reckless truck driver ran over an elderly woman in Market Yard, where the entry of heavy vehicles is banned. Despite heavy construction activity in the area and a ban on heavy vehicles on this road, construction trucks and mixers frequently travel the steep slopes without any hesitation or restriction.

On 12 June around 12:30 pm, a tragic accident occurred at Gangadham Chowk in Market Yard, where a speeding truck ran over a 59-year-old woman. Despite the ban on heavy vehicles due to ongoing construction, these vehicles continue to traverse the area unimpeded.

Medha Kulkarni, MP, addressed this issue on social media, urging officials to take necessary action promptly to ensure justice for the deceased. Her tweet can be found –

The traffic police have been significantly overlooking this issue, with attempts to take action often thwarted by pressure from politicians and public representatives. The victim, Damayantiben Bhupendra Solanki, was a resident of Achalnagar Co-op Society in Kondhwa.

The Pune Nagarik Mancha had called for Pune citizens to gather in large numbers for a prayer meeting at the mishap site, Gangadham Chowk, at 8:30 am today. The forum believes that Solanki’s death was due to the negligence of the local administration, asserting that such tragedies should serve as a wake-up call for the authorities.

Protesters took to the streets, chanting slogans like:

– “Seena utha ke, Halla Bol, Prashasan (administration) pe Halla Bol”
– “Vahatuk Police kartat kay?”
– “Hya prashasana karaycha kay? Khali doka, var paay”

This unfortunate incident highlights not only the reckless behavior of heavy vehicle drivers but also the negligence of PMC authorities and traffic officials. Hit-and-run cases have become a major threat in Pune, with the Kalyaninagar Porsche case being a notable example. Citizens are left to question when the reckless behavior of drivers will cease, preventing further loss of innocent lives.

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