Pune: Residents of Vikas Nagar Struggle with Restricted Access After S.R.P.F Constructs Wall

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Anaum Shaikh

Wanowrie, 22nd November 2023: Residents of Vikas Nagar in Wanowrie are grappling with difficulties navigating their four-wheelers due to a wall constructed by the State Reserve Police Force (S.R.P.F) in August 2020. The construction, which covered an open ground, has created a two-foot gap for residents to commute through.

The open ground had served as a parking space and approach road for residents for several years. However, the current narrow road proves inadequate for accommodating four-wheelers, as well as hindering the passage of emergency vehicles such as fire brigades and ambulances.

Expressing their concerns, a resident stated, “For over 40 years, we had a makeshift access to the main road. However, in August 2020, the wall built by the S.R.P.F blocked our access. We are now compelled to park our four-wheelers on the road, leading to damages. Moreover, in case of an emergency, ambulances or fire brigades cannot enter the area. This has affected 30 to 40 families, including many senior citizens. The PMC Commissioner and additional commissioner have been understanding and cooperative. We hope the PMC takes prompt action.”

In response, Shramik Shevate, Senior Engineer from the Building Department at PMC, explained, “The road was initially authorized as a passageway for pedestrians. The open ground is private property, and we are actively working to provide residents with additional authorized space. This process involves extensive documentation and approvals. If granted, we aim to complete the work within the next 2-3 months.”

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Sahebrao Dandge, Superintendent Engineer from PMC’s Road Department, clarified, “Our jurisdiction covers roads under PMC’s acquisition. Consequently, we cannot widen the road until it receives proper authorization.”