PMC’s Initiative To Beautify Chowks Slammed By Citizens For Ignoring Road Conditions

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Pune, 31st October 2022: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) plan to beautify several chowks has drawn harsh criticism from civic activists and citizens. Horrible road conditions and pothole-ridden roads are existing problems faced by commuters daily, to which the authorities have turned a blind eye.


The civic organization has decided to beautify 60 significant chowks located throughout its jurisdiction. This special project has been planned before the G20 international summit slated to take place in India in September 2023. The summit’s programs are scheduled to take place in Mumbai, Pune, and Aurangabad.


The project has been given a deadline to be completed by January of the following year, and corporations have been asked to provide funding as part of their CSR initiatives (CSR).


Sunil Koloti a citizen said, “The PMC should make sure the citizen’s needs and basic infrastructure like roads are mended. The authorities need to prioritize repairing roads for the betterment of the people, and it should take precedence over purely aesthetic enhancements.’’



According to PMC officials, the civic organization is preparing this restoration for both the city’s beautification and better traffic management. Areas like Ahmednagar Road, Khadi Machine Chowk, Paud Road, Vimannagar, Yerawada, Phursungi, Swargate, Karve Road, Navale Bridge, Baner, Vadgaon Bridge, Mundhwa, Kondhwa, Katraj, and Satara Road would be beautified.


Shashank Sihorkar, a daily commuter said, ‘’Beautification is beneficial, but the main priority must be on the road works as it is an important necessity and should be solved by the PMC at the earliest.’’


“It will not be appropriate to have attractive chowks but still poor, pothole-filled roads. It will convey a negative image of the city, particularly to visitors arriving in Pune from other nations for the international conference as well as it will not resolve the inconveniences suffered by the citizens’’, said Ashish Mehta, a citizen.


“The civic government won’t invest a lot in the chowk’s beautification. Private businesses will furnish the money. Under this plan, the traffic islands and street design would be improved”, a PMC official stated, speaking on the condition of anonymity.


Officials from PMC claim that the civic organization has also scheduled road repairs. So, 400 square kilometers of the road will be repaired. The roads that have already been restored will likewise be fixed. Additionally, the PMC has punished contractors for performing subpar work. They were also required to fix the damaged roads.


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