Pune: It has been months since software professional Ronald Parkhey (32) took his car to work. Constantly shifting gears and getting stuck in traffic jams for nearly 30 minutes to cross a mere 2.5-km stretch on the Magarpatta City road to reach his house in Wadgaonsheri is not something that the Mphasis employee fancies doing after an entire day at work.
“It’s a nightmare to travel on this route in the evening hour. I am so fed up of the traffic snarls that I have started taking the office cab for drops even if it means a waiting period. It’s better to wait than to get frustrated by merely shifting gears and constantly braking in traffic jams on this road. The problem is roads are narrow and it becomes worse as people often park illegally on this stretch,” he said.
He isn’t alone in this sentiment. Ask the software techies who regularly commute on this route back and forth from workplaces and evening traffic on the Magarpatta City-Mundhwa Road is something that will rank topmost on the most ‘put-off’ factors for working in this area. Few who still wish to drive to work have to allot an extra hour in a day to their working hours - those spent in combating traffic snarls.
Vimannagar resident Shipra Jha, IT professional working at WNS in Magarpatta City, said, “I have to leave home in advance as I know that there is no escape from the traffic menace and even while getting home I get tired due to traffic jams.”
Manas Verma, an IT professional working at EXL in Magarpatta City, said, “There is no solution for this till the time the roads are widened or else they make alternative routes available for travel.”
Meanwhile, in a bid to decongest the traffic snarl for thousands of IT professionals working in Magarpatta City, the city traffic police have closed the punctures at eight out of 13 spots on 2.3 km stretch on the road. Besides, the city traffic department have banned heavy vehicles plying on the Pune-Ahmednagar bypass which connects Hadapsar with Mundhwa and Kharadi, during the peak hours of the day.
However, the issue of traffic snarls in the area is far from getting resolved. With shopping malls that have come up in the area, traffic in the area is going from bad to worse. Things get worse during the peak hours as most of the IT sector employees commute during that time due to which the vehicles get stranded in the traffic for more than 40 minutes. The traffic police claims that this route witnesses the heaviest traffic in-flow after Hinjewadi.
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Vishwas Pandhare said, “After closing the open puncture, the traffic flow in the area has been channelised as people are not able to jump lanes. However, the issue of peak-time traffic snarls remain a major concern due to traffic bottlenecks created by narrow lanes coupled with a heavy flow of private vehicles, corporate drops and even buses clogging the route in the evening. Hence, we have sent a letter to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), requesting them to go in for road-width expansion.”
Pandhare added, “Till the time the roads are not widened, the issue will not get resolved. We have tried several experiments here but not received any positive results yet.”
Asked on why the traffic department hasn’t even taken simple steps like installing a traffic signal on the entire 2.5-km stretch, Pandhare pinned his hopes on road widening.
“If we install a traffic signal or post and then during road widening it is moved, then it will lead to doubling of work. We have already submitted our proposal and are expecting it to bear fruition since it is pending for long time,” added Pandhare. Ask the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on its plan to decongest this busy road and they say, the proposal is part of the latest Development Plan (DP) and is awaiting final nod.
PMC’s additional city engineer (roads) Pramod Nirbhavane, said, “Considering the traffic congestion on this stretch, we are planning to increase the width of the road from 16 metres to 30 metres. Once the proposal is approved in the final DP, we will start the procedure of land acquisition.”
People going towards Koregaon Park can take Hadapsar railway station route.
IT professionals working in Magarpatta City can also take North Gate which leads to Ghorpadi and Koregaon Park. By the end of next month, a new road will connect Magarptta City to Koregaon Park.
IT professionals coming from Pune-Solapur Highway can take a right turn before Hero Honda showroom at Vega Centre, the straight road leads to the Magarpatta City North gate