Pune/Pimpri Chinchwad, October 19, 2020: An additional bridge will be constructed parallel to the existing Aundh-Sangvi bridge, near DMart, forcing the old bridge to be closed for traffic till January 6, 2021.
This newly proposed bridge will be constructed jointly by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), as it falls under both the jurisdictions. “The old bridge will be closed by the traffic police to keep the traffic in the area smooth”, said Sanjay Shinde, Additional Commissioner of Police, Traffic Branch.
These are the traffic diversions:
People traveling towards Sangvi, Wakad from Aundh can take any routes given below:
- Bhale Chowk-Parihar Chowk-Rishi Malhotra Chowk-Rajiv Gandhi bridge
- Bhale Chowk- Nagras Road – Ambedkar Setu Marg
“People commuting towards Baner can take the bridge near Pimple Nilakh Jupiter Hospital. While the people who wish to travel to Aundh, will have to take the Rajiv Gandhi Bridge and then take a turn at Bremen Chowk”, informed Police Inspector Umesh Tavaskar of Sangvi traffic division.
Sharing her thoughts, Vaishali Patkar, president of Aundh Vikas Mandal, said, “The flow will naturally increase on the Rajiv Gandhi bridge because of the newly proposed bridge. There is a lot of traffic on the Rajiv Gandhi bridge already, so it will be a challenge to disperse the traffic. We would require traffic marshalls over there to direct the citizens so that traffic jams are avoided.”
She further added, “The bridge will be widened, but the Mahadji Shinde Road opposite McDonald’s is still narrow and will become a big bottleneck. It is stuck for development due to road widening controversy engineerd by mall owners, politician and administration. As well if they are so much in hurry to construct bridge why don’t they clear bottleneck first and start work.”
“Shopkeepers in the Aundh area are already suffering due to COVID-19, and the closure of the bridge will affect their businesses. Therefore, an alternative route should be suggested so that the traffic does not inconvenience the citizens”, said Supreme Suresh Chondhe (28), resident of Pinak Kanchanganga Society.
Ritesh Kalvellu, who regularly uses the route on his commute, said, “The news of the bridge’s closure is quite disappointing because jams will increase now. What was wrong with the earlier bridge? It’s an unacceptable move by the administration.”
Meanwhile, this will be the third facility for common travel via Sangvi-Wakad stretch. However, the work of the closure of the bridge has not been started yet.”We will put barricades on the bridge within this week, and direction boards will also be placed to ease traffic. We request citizens to coordinate and travel via the route designed for them”, said Police Inspector Prakash Masalkar of Chatushrungi division.