Pune: A dedicated right lane for two-wheelers, wide parking bays and adequate space for pedestrians are some of the suggestions that a city-based NGO has submitted to the Pune traffic police and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to improve the traffic situation on Fergusson College (FC) Road and make it a safer road.
The plan with suggestions and a map from Good Luck Chowk to the main gate of Fergusson College has been submitted by Pedestrians First to the traffic and civic authorities.
Prashant Inamdar, convener of Pedestrians First, said, “ Ever since the FC road has been made a one-way, not only vehicular traffic but even the speed of vehicles has increased, making the road unsafe. There is a need for the traffic police and the civic administration to take precautionary measures and make it a safer road for vehicle users as well as pedestrians.”
In its plan, the NGO has suggested a lane on the right hand side of the road for parking two-wheelers. And just next to the parking, it has suggested a dedicated lane exclusively for two-wheelers. “The dedicated lane will be 3.5 metre wide with railings from where only two-wheelers will ply. The dedicated lane will bring some discipline among bikers and they will not use the entire width of the road for commuting. Vehicle movement in the lane will have to be closed from 5 pm to 10 pm on weekend and on festival days as there is rush of pedestrians during this period. The pedestrian crossing with extended curbs and pedestrian refuge should be provided at suitable locations,” Inamdar said. The NGO has suggested that once a dedicated lane is provided on the right hand side of the road, the heavy vehicles will also get a lesser road width to use, which will help in reducing the speed of vehicles.When contacted, Pune traffic police inspector (planning) R Kamire said, “We will consider the proposal but at the same time we will have to check its feasibility also.”
A lane on the right hand side of the road for parking two wheelers
Just Next to the parking, a dedicated lane exclusively for two wheelers
This Lane Chould be just 3.5 metre wide with railings to curb speed