Shivajinagar, 9th January 2024: Pune city is set to witness significant infrastructure development with the construction of a double-decker flyover at the University Chowk on Ganeshkhind Road. The ambitious project aims to alleviate traffic congestion in the area and ensure smoother vehicular movement. MLA Siddharth Shirole announced key details during a meeting with officials, emphasizing the importance of expediting the construction process.
During a meeting with Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) officials, Shirole discussed plans to accelerate the flyover construction at the University Chowk. Representatives from Tata Company, Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) Road Department, and traffic police were present. The officials agreed to conduct an inspection of the site on Wednesday to assess the current road conditions.
MLA Shirole revealed that the construction of pillars adjacent to the chowk is scheduled to commence on January 15. Simultaneously, the construction of the central pillar in the chowk is set to begin in February. The widening of the road, stretching from the university entrance to the RBI building, has provided an additional lane for vehicles heading towards Shivajinagar, contributing to improved traffic flow.
To ensure minimal disruption to traffic, a detailed plan will be devised in collaboration with traffic police. Wednesday’s inspection will include an assessment of the widened road, and necessary measures will be taken to plan the construction of the metro bridge without causing inconvenience to commuters.
The Hinjawadi Shivajinagar Metro project presents unique challenges due to the high volume of vehicles passing through the University Chowk intersection. Originally scheduled for completion by January 2024, delays in land acquisition for road widening necessitated a reassessment of the timeline. Despite these challenges, the focus is now on completing the flyover and adjacent pillars within the next six months.
The meeting was attended by prominent figures involved in the project, including PMRDA Commissioner Rahul Mahiwal, PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar, DCP (Traffic) Vijay Magar, and Tata Project officials.