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Vehicular rush makes St Patricks Town Road residents’ lives miserable

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 9:24am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Despite ban, heavy vehicles and four-wheelers continue to ply on the road
  • Despite ban, heavy vehicles and four-wheelers continue to ply on the road dna Correspondent dna

Pune: After the repeated requests made by residents of St. Patricks town road, the city traffic police turn the same road into one way and also banned the entry for four-wheelers and heavy vehicles on that road. But despite this ban, one can see the heavy rush of vehicles on tis road. This has forced the residents to refrain their children from playing outside. Even senior citizens have to think twice before going out for a walk. 
Secretary of St. Patricks town, Dattatrya Joshi said, “It is a nightmare for small children and senior citizens to walk on the road as the vehicle ply on high speed from 7 in the morning till late night. If the city traffic police implements the ban effectively only then things are going to change.”Sheikh Tabriz, resident of Jaighad housing society said, “There are four children in my house and I have stopped them from playing outside, on any given day there is some or the other minor accident takes place in the lane. Even I think twice before walking down the lane.”Another resident of St. Patricks town Bunty Oberoi said, “Apart from vehicle plying on high speed, people park their vehicle illegally in the lane which makes it impossible for the residents to move and park their vehicle inside the society. Something has to be done to curb the issue.”
The social activists have been following up the issue and writing to the traffic department for the last 12 months after which the traffic department actually made a one way road and banned four wheelers and heavy vehicles. However, the action has failed to bring respite to the residents. 
Francis Santamaria, social activist said, “After one year, the traffic police department have thought to take some measures on this road but they have still not put up the one way sign board and board displaying ban on heavy vehicles.”
The traffic police department on the other hand claimed that once the traffic board is installed only then they will take action.
Assistant police inspector S Shelke said, “We are stopping the vehicle that is entering in the lane, once the traffic sign board is installed we will take more strict action and slap fine to the vehicle riders who are plying illegally in the one way zone.”

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