Pune: It has been more than a year that the commuters of Senapati Bapat (SB) Road have been facing hardships due to the ongoing water pipeline laying work being carried out by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). With the work going on at a snail’s pace and no alternate road, the commuters have no option but to take the same route every day.
It is a struggle for over a thousand commuters who are traveling from areas like Kothrud, Karve Road to University of Pune. The situation becomes grim during peak hours, when there is a heavy flow of vehicles.
The work of laying water pipeline from Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) College to Pune University commenced about 18 months ago. So far, only 40 per cent of the work has been completed and at present it is being carried out near Ratna Memorial Hospital on SB Road.
Shrikant Bhere (40), a working professional and resident of SB Road, said, “The ongoing work has made it difficult to move on the road. Due to broken footpaths, it is tough to make our way through. The concerned department should ensure that there is an alternative option for easy vehicular movement.”
Ambar Gaikwad (28), a businessman and resident of Bhusari Colony in Kothrud said, “It is a nightmare to take the road during morning hours, as traffic snarls have become a common feature. Moreover, absence of traffic cops is adding to the woes of commuters and they get stuck in traffic jam for 15 to 30 minutes.”
Looking at the traffic congestion in the area, the city traffic police had asked PMC to carry out the work during night and construct the road as soon as possible. Senior police inspector (administration), traffic branch, Ramchandra Dhage said,”As there is heavy traffic flow on SB Road, we had aked the PMC to carry out the work during night. This will help in streamlining the traffic flow.”
The PMC officials claimed that it will take another 18 to 24 months to complete the work. V G Kulkarni, superintendent engineer, PMC water department said, “We have completed more than 40 per cent of the work. It takes minimum 30 days for laying water pipeline in 100-metre stretch. We are trying our best to finish the work so that the residents and commuters do not face any inconvenience.”