PCMC finally wakes up to traffic woes at Pimpri market
Vijaykumar Nathani, a consulting family doctor, who has been practising in Pimpri from last 40 years, said, “Every day during peak hours, there are huge traffic jams in the entire Pimpri area, as the traffic signals don’t work, traffic rules and regulations are flouted, and there is no traffic police presence."
PUNE: After several complaints by the Pimpri market association and concerned citizens about the traffic and encroachment issues, the Traffic Department and Encroachment Control Department of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) have joined hands to make the area traffic free.
Vijaykumar Nathani, a consulting family doctor, who has been practising in Pimpri from last 40 years, said, “Every day during peak hours, there are huge traffic jams in the entire Pimpri area, as the traffic signals don’t work, traffic rules and regulations are flouted, and there is no traffic police presence. Sometimes I reach my clinic very late due to the traffic jam in the evening hours and the patients also suffer due to it.”
Kishor Nebwani, a resident of Pimpri, said, “Most of the roads of Pimpri area are one way, but commuters do not follow it, as there is no policing. Also there are no strict regulations for parking spaces. Any rider parks his/her vehicles in residential areas or on the road resulting in congestion.”
Pamanand Talreja, President of Pimpri Market Sindu Ekta Manch, said, “There are a total number of 500 traders, who are legally carrying out business in Pimpri area but more than 1,000 traders have made encroachments on the road. We have made several complaints to the PCMC encroachment department but no action has been taken so far.”
Speaking about the traffic mismanagement and non-functioning signals, Namrata Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (traffic), Pimpri Chinchwad, said, “During peak hours, the traffic police officers manage traffic regularly. And we are working on the non-functional signals. Once the signals are regulated, the traffic will be in control.”
Shirish Porade, Executive Engineer of Building Permission Department and Encroachment Control Department of PCMC, said, “We agree that there are several encroachments in Pimpri area. We carry out encroachment drives regularly but the illegal traders come back after a few days.”
“On February 6, we had carried out an anti-encroachment drive where we caught around 100 traders. On February 14, we will carry out the next anti-encroachment drive at Pimpri vegetable market. We have even started ‘Bhonga Gadi’ (horn vehicle) in Pimpri market, to make encroachers aware to carry out their business legally.”