Lohegaon, 26th March 2023: The incomplete Porwal Road has become a source of constant traffic congestion for thousands of commuters passing through it daily. The proposed 24-meter wide DP road, under section 205 of the Maharashtra Municipal Corporation Act, 1949, was meant to be an alternative route to the main road connecting Dhanori to Vishrantwadi.
However, the alignment has been shifted towards the left due to encroachment issues, with a housing society built on one acre of land falling under the encroached area after a faulty land measurement in the early 2000s.
Although a major portion of the road has been completed, the remaining 300 meters are stuck due to land acquisition, documentation processes, and compensation issues. The road was expected to start from the old octroi junction and end at the DY Patil International School road, connecting Dhanori Jakat Naka and DY Patil college via Nyati Evita.
Two major schools on the road add to the traffic chaos during peak hours, and the lack of an alternative route to the main road connecting Dhanori to Vishrantwadi leaves commuters with no other option but to take a 6 km detour from Lohegaon. Many residents have chosen to relocate to nearby areas like Vishrantwadi, Kalas, and Yerwada.
The PMC has proposed three alternative routes, but a lack of funds to acquire land has made it difficult to implement the plan. The PMC has sent a letter to the school regarding the need for the school site to be taken over, and the issue is about to be resolved amicably, according to PMC Additional commissioner Vikas Dhakane.
The completion of the Porwal road could provide much-needed relief to thousands of commuters and residents of the Dhanori area who face daily traffic congestion.