Pimple Nilakh, 27th February 2023: On behalf of Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), the widening of footpaths is underway in Pimple Gurav, Pimple Saudagar, Sangvi, etc areas under Smart City. But on the way from Chondhe Patil Junction to Sangvi Phata, the footpath is bigger than the road. There is a big discussion among the citizens about this strange business of the municipality. These wide footpaths have created a problem of traffic congestion on this route.
Heavy traffic coming from this side on Hinjewadi IT Park and Mumbai-Bengaluru highway goes towards Pune and Nashik via the Pimple Nilakh route through Sangvi Phata, Aundh, and further towards Pune. Just as there is heavy traffic on this route during the day, there is hefty traffic of heavy vehicles and luxury buses late at night. Due to this, the motorists who travel on this route have to suffer from traffic jams.
The widening of the footpath under the Smart City is underway on both sides of the BRTS road, which is about two kilometers away. The width of the footpath is about 15 feet and above and the cycle path is separated. It is the right and rule of citizens to have sidewalks and cycle paths on one side. But if there is a footpath as wide as the width of a heavily trafficked road, then it is a matter of concern.
The road is narrowed by footpaths. Therefore, there is a lot of traffic jam in the morning and evening at the said place. It is seen that the width of the road for vehicles is decreasing. Therefore, citizens are now questioning the decision taken by the Municipal Corporation to widen the footpath.