Pune: Incomplete Service Road on Sus-Pashan Flyover Puts Commuters At Risk

Pune: Incomplete Service Road on Sus-Pashan Flyover Puts Commuters At Risk
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Pashan, 31st May 2023: Commuters on the service road parallel to the new flyover on Sus-Pashan Road are facing increased risks due to the presence of gravel and sand, making it dangerous to navigate.

Despite the bridge being inaugurated nine months ago, work on the service road has come to a halt, leading to frustration among local residents. The road and project departments of the municipal corporation are engaged in a blame game regarding the delay.

The bridge was officially opened on September 16 last year by Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil. However, the local residents had expressed their concerns, insisting that the bridge should not be inaugurated until the service road was completed. In response, the administration promised to finish the work within two months, and upon this assurance, the residents agreed to the bridge’s opening. Unfortunately, even after nine months, commuters continue to suffer as the service road remains incomplete.

Particularly when approaching the highway from Sus, the service road is riddled with potholes, further exacerbating the problem. The immediate completion of this work is imperative as the narrow service roads and existing potholes make driving extremely challenging. The administration claims that the road remains blocked due to the landowner’s refusal to grant permission for the required work.

The completion of the road work on both sides of the flyover should have coincided with the bridge’s inauguration, but that did not happen. As a result, passengers are experiencing significant inconvenience due to the unfinished service road.

Haresh Patil, Secretary of the Baner Sus Road Vikas Manch, voiced concerns about the detrimental impact of the service road’s inoperability during the monsoon season. The presence of potholes will further damage the road and exacerbate traffic congestion. Patil also demanded repairs to the chamber.

Dhananjay Khole, Junior Engineer in the Road Department of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), explained that the road remains blocked because the landowner has not granted permission for the necessary work on the service road. Consequently, progress has been impeded, and difficulties have arisen in carrying out the required tasks.

Khole emphasized that this matter falls under the jurisdiction of the project department and is part of the tender, which includes the flyover construction.

The stalled progress on the service road is causing significant inconvenience and posing risks to commuters. Urgent action is needed to address the road’s condition and ensure the completion of the pending work.



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