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Ramtekdi signal: A death trap for pedestrians

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 - 9:45am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA
Lack of traffic signals, speedbreakers make plying difficult on the stretch
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Pune: Despite sending several letters to the traffic police department and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the issue of traffic menace keeps haunting residents of Ramtekdi Hadapsar.
Even after a traffic signal was installed it has not proved be a concrete solution for the residents living in the area. As many as seven fatal accidents have taken place despite the installation of traffic signals. 
Suresh Jagtap (33), resident of Shantinagar Society, said, “It is a nightmare to take this road during day. Vehicles ply at high speed which results in some sort of a road mishap everyday. Construction of speed breaker and installation of pedestrian traffic signal should be done on a priority basis.” 
Naredra Tupe (40), a resident of Nirmal Society, said, “The spot has turned into one of the most accident-prone areas on the Pune-Solapur highway. Commuters do not even care about the traffic signal. Hence the number of road accidents in the area have increased.”
After following up with the traffic department and PMC for over a year now, irked residents are now planning hold a stir at PMC office if the issue is not resolved by May. 
Francis Santamaria, a social activist and resident of Swami Vivekanandnagar, said, “I have been following up the issue with the PMC since March last year. Despite sending them more than three reminder letters they have just not bothered to take any action. They haven't even inspected the area.”
Taking their stand on the issue, city traffic police department claimed that they have been following up with the PMC officials about installation of pedestrian traffic signal and zebra crossing.
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Vishwas Pandhare said, “After following up with PMC for more than a year, civic officials had installed traffic signals last year after carrying out a detailed study on the stretch. Speedbreakers should be built only then will the number of mishaps come down.” 
Pandhare added, “Lack of pedestrian signals and zebra crossing is one of the biggest challenge in Ramtekdi. Hence, we have deployed three traffic wardens and a traffic constable to manage the traffic and help pedestrians while they are crossing the road.”
When asked PMC officials on why they are taking so much time to take the decision on the construction of speedbreakers, additional city engineer (Traffic Planning) Srinivas Bonala, said, “We will be installing pedestrian signals by the end of this month. As far as the construction of speedbreakers is concerned we have to review the area along with the traffic department.”




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