Commuting on city roads might be comparatively easy as the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has repaired ten traffic signals.
Due to the continuous downpour, traffic signals on major junctions of the city went defunct causing traffic snarls.
The repaired signals include those at Bremen Chowk on Aundh Road, Shastrinagar Chowk on Ahmednagar Road, Gultekdi Market Yard Chowk on Satara Road, Wadgaon Budruk on Sinhagad Road and Karvenagar on Karve Road.
On Wednesday, traffic signals at Pune Regional Transport Office, (RTO), Hadapsar, Yerawada, Vimannagar and Sancheti Hospital were repaired.
Speaking about the repair work, Srinivas Bonala, additional city engineer of PMC, said, “Once we got the list of non-functional signals from the traffic police, we started the repair work. Due to continuous downpour the work was hampered. We can work in full swing once we have dry weather.”
Bonala added, “We work as per the priority. First, we work on the signals that are completely closed, then on the ones where the cables are faulty and lastly on the signals where the bulbs are not working.”
Deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said, “Due to continuous downpour, traffic signals in the city stop functioning as the water enters the distribution box. When we get the list of the non-functional traffic signals, we forward it to the PMC.”
7 signal corridors synchronised
In order to curb the traffic menace in the city, the traffic police along with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) have synchronised traffic signals at seven different corridors across the city.
The traffic police officials had collected the information about the time taken by the vehicles to travel the distance between each pair of signals on different stretches during the peak hours of the day.
Deputy commissioner of police traffic Vishwas Pandhare said, “Commuters feel irritated waiting at the signal and they end up jumping it. After the synchronisation, it will help in smooth flow of traffic.”
Pandhare added, “Once all the traffic signals in the city are synchronised, it will help in better connectivity and there will be less traffic jams in the city.”
Srinivas Bonala, additional city engineer, PMC, said, “After receiving the request from the traffic department, we started working on the synchronisation of traffic signals. Once the monsoon is over, we can start working on other traffic signals which need to be synchronised.”
Bonala added, “We are also planning to synchronise and connect traffic signals with the GPS module. We are also planning to have cable-less synchronised traffic signals under public private partnership.”
The chosen lot
1. Shanipar Seva Sadan, Bajirao Road to Appa Balvan Chowk
2. Jehangir Chowk to Boat Club Junction
3. Hotel Blue Diamond to MG Udyan in Bund Garden
4. Senapati Bapat Road to Vetal Baba Shivaji Society
5. Null Stop to Deccan Corner
6. Good Luck Chowk to Dnyaneshwar Paduka Chowk
7. Zilla Parishad Chowk to Pune Regional Transport Office crossing
Police want three signals on Ahmednagar Road to decongest traffic
The Pune traffic police has asked the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to install three new signals at major junctions on the Pune-Ahmednagar road to decongest the traffic menace.
The Koregaon Park traffic division officials claimed that absence of traffic signals at major junctions have been creating problems for commuters during the peak hours. Most of the vehicles get stranded in the traffic for more than 40 minutes.
Explaining the traffic menace on the road, deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said, “In order to channelise the traffic in the area we need traffic signals at Keshavnagar, Chandan Nagar junction and one at the main entrance from the Ahmednagar side. Due to various IT companies located in the area, the traffic situation gets worse during the weekdays. We have four to five traffic cops at each junction to manage the traffic.”
The situation is worse during the peak hours from Monday to Saturday between 9 am to 1pm and in the evening from 5 to 9.
The PMC officials have taken this issue seriously and have appropriate plans to resolve the problem.
Additional city engineer Srinivas Bonala said, “We have received several complaints from the area. After monsoon gets over we are going to construct concrete road and widen the road and later install new traffic signals.”