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Why Hinjewadi commuters do not welcome the rain

Saturday, 28 June 2014 - 4:03pm IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

While Pune eagerly awaits the showers, employees of Hinjewadi seem to be happy with no rains.
  • Traffic on the Wakad flyover enroute Hinjewadi. Traffic on the Wakad flyover enroute Hinjewadi. File Photo

Hinjewadi, the IT hub of Pune seems to be losing its appeal as employees working there are highly dissatisfied with the public amenities. Unlike the rest of Pune the people working in Hinjewadi are actually dreading the monsoons and praying otherwise. They are reluctant to welcome the rains as they fear that the existing conditions of roads and connectivity would worsen further.
After trying to reach officials from the traffic police and Hinjewadi Industries Association but seeing no response, many have finally resorted to venting their discontent via twitter.

Gaurav Jain an Infosys employee expressed his discontent and said, "During rains the traffic on the narrow access road is never ending and the absence of streetlights at night makes the area accident prone too." Another civic problem mentioned by Jain was that of having barricades instead of dividers which makes driving risky.
Several others have also expressed a similar discontent. Sarvankash Tambe (22), working with Cognizant at Hinjewadi, expressed his anguish on travelling to office every day, he said, "The waked flyover and Hinjewadi chowk are very crowded and narrow which makes commuting very inconvenient and this becomes worst during the rains." Tambe further added that already there are many potholes and unfinished roads which make his journey to office twice as long as it did earlier. He said, "It has not even rained heavily yet, I cannot even imagine how horrible it will be in the rains."
According to Jain, bad condition of roads, absence of street lights and the narrow pathways are the some of the major challenges every employee from Hinjewadi faces. 
When contacted the traffic police in-charge at Hinjewadi he said that they have uprooted some light posts to shift them to a more suitable distance from the road and the divider work is in progress. Although this will cause some inconvenience as it would narrow the main road further and there will be no streetlights for a few days, he said, “The construction of dividers will be complete by the next week and the electric poles have been put up in most areas of Phase 1 already."





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