Pune traffic police department has declared ‘No-parking’ zone in the crowded areas like Laxmi Road, Shivaji road, Bajirao Road, which will be closed for traffic ahead of the festivals.
The traffic department revealed that these are the prime areas where people go for shopping before the festivals. However, the roads will remain open for sometime, depending upon the traffic situation.
On September 9, traffic will be closed between Shivaji Road to Premium Garage Chowk, Old Godown to Annabhau Sathe Chowk, Jijamata Chowk to Appa Balvant Chowk, Budhwar Chowk to Moti Chowk, Sonya Maruti Chowk to Seva Sadan Chowk.
The traffic department sources further said that people can park their vehicles at New Ranade Road to Shivaji statue, Veer Santaji Ghorpade Kumbharvase Chowk to Gadgil statue, Tilak Bridge to Circus Road, Mahatma Phule Mart to Aryan parking and Shahu Chowk to Rashtra Bhushan Chowk.
Every year during Ganapati festival, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus service remains closed in more than 35 routes. But, this year 17 routes will be operational. However, PMPML have cancelled their regular fleet till September 18.
They have also planned to take up an alternative route to cater to the student and working professionals. As the major roads like Laxmi Road, Tilak Road, Bajirao Road will be closed after 5pm, the PMPML, will be plying some 429 buses during night, however, the frequency of the buses will vary on the number of passengers, moreover they will have to pay extra Rs 5, for each ticket if they are travelling after 10pm.
Routes that will be affected during festival
Buses plying on Shivaji Road will be plying from Deccan-Sambhaji Bridge to Swargate Chowk.
Buses plying on Shivaji Road will also be plying from Deccan-PMC-Zilla Parishad-Nehru Road-Swargate.
Buses plying from Pune Station to Kothrud will be plying from Pune Station-Sassoon Hospital-PMC-Khandujibaba Chowk.
As Bhavani Mata Mandir Road will be closed for traffic, buses plying between Sawragte to MG Road will be plying from Golibar Maidan.
As Shastri Road will be closed for traffic, buses will be plying from Senadat police chowky to Karve Road Chowk. Rest all the routes will be functional as per the situation.
SWaCH to collect nirmalya from 12 spots
Worried about the pollution of rivers during immersion of idols during Ganeshotsav, hundreds of volunteers of Solid Waste Collection and Handling (SWaCH) would span out in 12 spots of the city this year to collect ‘nirmalya’ i.e. floral offerings.
“For the past six years, waste pickers have been successfully implementing the Nirmalya Collection and Recycling Project with the support of Pune Municipal Corporation(PMC). Last year alone, SWaCH diverted 90 tonne of nirmalya from Pune rivers,” said Manisha Desai, an active member of SWaCH.
The drive will be initiated on the 5th and 10th day of the festival i.e. on September 13 and 18. This year, the organisation has decided to deploy their representatives at 12 spots in Pune including the Bhide Bridge, Garware College, Vrudheshwar Ghat, Dattawadi Ghat, Thosarpaga, Pulachiwadi, Nene Ghat, Panchreshwar, Omkareshwar, Ashtabhuja Mandir, Vitthal Mandir etc.
The nirmalya collected would be turned into fertiliser. Last year, 90 tonne were collected and this year, SWaCH is targetting 125 tonne.
In fact the organisation has asked for volunteers to join in for collections. This year, many organisations would join in this work including DSK foundation, which alone collected over 5 tonnes of Nirmalya last year.
SWaCH cooperative of waste pickers has joined hands with PMC, Rotary Club of Pune- Kothrud and DS Kulkarni Foundation to initiate the nirmalya collection drive ahead of Ganesh Utsav 2013.
“I am happy to see the response of the volunteers at the time of registration. Around 150-200 volunteers will participate this year,”said Dhananjay Pachpor, DSK Group’s chief operating officer.
Suman More, who works for SwaCH, said, “We stand under the bridge where the dispose from the Ganeshotsav is collected. Nirmalya is segregated from the non-degradable materials and sent to SwaCH to produce manure.”
Dr Kalpana Baliwant, medical officer of PMC, appeals to the Ganesh mandals to collect the nirmalya during the 10 days of the festival and hand it over to SwaCH.
Pawar cautions Ganesh mandals on noise pollution
Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar cautioned the Ganesh mandals against possible criticism on sound pollution for playing loud music during the 10-day Ganesh festival and immersion procession, and asked them to take all the necessary steps in this regard.
He was speaking at an awards distribution ceremony for the Ganesh mandals organised by the NCP city unit, which was held at the Balgandharv Rang Mandir on Friday afternoon. City unit president and Rajya Sabha MP Vandana Chavan, mayor Chanchala Kodre, working president Sandip Balwadkar and organising secretary Nitin Jadhav were present at the event.
Pawar said, “After the festival is over, it is often observed that there are criticism about the noise pollution caused during the during the 10-day festival.”
“Ganesh mandals should ensure that while they install pandals, it should not cause inconvenience to local residents. It is the responsibility of the mandals to think about the extent upto which they are to use traditional instruments for the procession.” he adds.
The competition was organised in three categories including `female feticide’, `global warming - rainwater harvesting’ and `best decoration’. As many as 108 Ganesh mandals participated in the competition.