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Pune's Impatient drivers don’t have mere 30 secs to spare at signals!

Monday, 31 March 2014 - 10:18am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Residents want cops to take action; post about the issue on traffic police FB page
  • Pune-Traffic-Pune Police-Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) Pune's Impatient drivers don’t have mere 30 secs to spare at signals! Snehil Sakhare dna

Pune: Highlighting the issue of irresponsible behaviour of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) drivers, a resident of Pune-Satara road has written a letter to Pune traffic police complaining that the buses plying from BRT routes fail to respect traffic rules. There is a U-turn at the same chowk and the signal span is ofonly 30 seconds. Despite the red signal at BRT route, majority of the drivers of state transport and PMPML jump the signal. They even overtake other vehicles thus inviting severe accidents. 
A resident of Adinath Society, Pallavi Shah (38), has written a letter to deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare claiming that the buses plying from Bus Rapit Transit (BRT) routes do not follow the traffic rules. 
Residents of Adinath Society where more than 400 families live, have uploaded the complaint on city traffic police Facebook page, on Friday. But this is not limited to the society as commuters travelling on the same route are also facing the problem. 
Shah said, “We have to take a ‘U-turn’ from City Pride Hotel near Utsav hotel. There is a BRT route and during taking U-turn we have a signal of just 30 seconds and at the same time the BRT buses have to hault as their signal is turned red.”
Shah added, “Many a times, the PMPML, BRT and state transport buses do not follow the traffic norms. They neglect the signals and try to move ahead. They even try to overtake the halted bus thus leading to major mishaps.”
She added, “When we approached the traffic police who are patrolling the area for complaining about the issue, they make a joke of us and suggest us to take safety measures. They do not even make attempts to penalise such buses.”
Akshay Ghodke, a second year diploma mechanic student who met with an accident on the same route recalls, “A month ago, we were having college practical examination and my elder brother was dropping me and my two friends in his car. We were about to take U-turn at the same signal when a PMPML bus neglected the traffic norms and drove over us. Our car was dragged to 10 feet, luckily we got minor injuries but the car was partial damage from one side.” 
Another resident of Adinath Society, Avani Kutmutia (38) said, “We are worried when our children leave the home to college or work place, its very difficult to ride the vehicle. Many a times, my husband while taking a U-turn haults at the BRT route and then asks the driver to take a turn to avoid the accident. But this is not the solution.”
Kutmutia wants the policwe to take some action in this regard. “We want police to penalise such violators. But it seems that the police are waiting for a mishap.”
Commenting on the issue, Deputy Commissioner of police (Traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said, “The citizen have not approached me in person but have uploaded it on Facebook page. I will look into the matter personally and get it resolved.”

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