Pune: Aundh Residents Continue To Battle Traffic Woes Amidst Malfunctioning Signals And Poor Traffic Management  

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 Tejas Navale

Aundh, 26th June 2023: As the monsoon season sets in, the residents of Aundh in Pune find themselves grappling with an escalating traffic problem near the D-Mart area. Despite the construction of a new bridge two years ago, the local residents express concerns that their traffic woes remain far from resolved due to narrow and poorly planned approach roads.

The bridge at Aundh, jointly commissioned by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), had been closed three years ago to traffic for demolition and reconstruction. The aim was to create a structure capable of accommodating the increasing traffic demands in the area. However, as the rain-soaked streets of Aundh witness heavy traffic congestion, locals feel that the anticipated relief has not materialised.

One of the key issues exacerbating the situation is the malfunctioning traffic signals. Despite being installed at various intersections, these signals have been ineffective, exacerbating the chaotic traffic conditions. The lack of efficient traffic management adds to the frustration of Punekars.

Lata Kolpe, a resident of the area, voiced her concerns, stating, “Due to these ineffective traffic signals, people often disregard traffic rules and drive regardless of the signal. Moreover, the absence of traffic police enforcement further compounds these problems.”

Aundh residents are particularly disheartened, as they believe the underlying problem lies not just with the bridge itself but with the narrow and poorly planned approach roads. The current infrastructure fails to adequately accommodate the growing number of vehicles in the area, leading to frequent traffic delays.

According to the locals, there is constant traffic on Parihar Chowk Road and Mahadji Shinde Road, which creates trouble for daily commuters. “Due to the big mall on that road, many people park their vehicles on the already congested road, resulting in severe traffic jams in the area,” said Sagar Kale, resident of the Aundh.

Gayatri Kshirsagar of Baner recently posted a tweet mentioning a Pune City Police Traffic Branch in it. “We Punekar request you to review all signals and areas to avoid everyday chaos,” She requested in a tweet.

Residents also complain that local authorities do not pay serious attention to the issue. When Punekar News tried to ask about the ongoing traffic problems to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Traffic branch, Vijay Magar, he refused to give any comment on the issue.

The frustrated residents are now urging the administration through social media to prioritise finding a solution to the perpetual traffic problems in Aundh.


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