Pune: So close yet so far. That is what lakhs of IT professional working at Hinjewadi IT park feel, when they commute to office everyday. With an idea was to decongest the roads leading to Hinjewadi at peak hours, the city traffic police has banned right turns at all the four traffic signal, which affects vehicles coming from Wakad, Hinjewadi, Baner and Kasphate Basti. However, instead easing of traffic congestion, it is actually a major inconvenience for commuters as they have to travel an extra five kilometers, before they can take a ‘U’ turn.
This is not the only chowk where traffic police have banned the right turn for vehicles. There are several other junctions in the city where the citizens are spending more time in the traffic, instead of making their way out of decongested chowks.
Team dna visited the Hinjewadi junction for a reality check, and found out that the extra travelling means wasting an additional 20 minutes before reaching the desired destination.
The ban on right turn is removed in the evening from 5 pm to 9 pm for the traffic commuters going from Hinjewadi to Baner, Pashan and Kothrud. Before implementing the order, the traffic police had received over 600 suggestions and objections, where citizens have asked to remove the right-turn ban, however, the traffic police department clearly thinks otherwise.
Senior Police inspector (traffic) Sanjay Bhambhure said, “Over 3.5 lakh vehicles goes to Hinjewadi IT park everyday. In order to curb the issue of traffic congestion at the junction the right side ban was implemented about an year ago.”
He adds, “The Hinjewadi junction is one of the most busiest, as the national highway cross from here. That is why therefore chance of accident and traffic snarls, are more therefore we have closed the right turn from all the four sides.”
Kunal Chanda (25), IT professional resident of Wakad said,"Everyday while going to office, I have to take a U turn from Kasphate basti before I can reach the flyover. I end up traveling about two kilometer extra and waste fuel just because the traffic department has banned the right turn."
Tapas Acharya (30), IT professional resident of Baner said ,"Majority of the time there is traffic snarl in the area at night, majority of the time due to heavy traffic flow right turn is closed at times and I have to take a U turn from Indira college."
Harsh Dubey (35), resident of Pashan said,"While coming to office it is not a problem as I have to take a left turn however at night I have to travel all the way to Kasphate basti and take a U turn and come back to Hinjewadi junction. City traffic department should make changes for the conveyance of commuters."