Pune: Wall Constructed By SRPF Blocking Approach Road For Residents Of Vikas Nagar In Wanowrie, Causing Problems

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Wanowrie, 18th October 2022: A wall had been constructed by the State Reserve Police Force (S.R.P.F.) in Wanowrie, located on S.R.P. Gr II Road in front of open ground and has been blocking the approach road for all residents of Vikas Nagar since August 2020. The residents have been facing various problems due to this wall that has been constructed with only a two feet gap left for walking and commuting to and fro.


Due to this problem, the residents are forced to park their vehicles on the road where there have been incidents of theft and have also incurred damages. Also, in cases of a health emergency, an ambulance or any other vehicle cannot come inside the area as there is only an area of two feet available since the wall has been built. Joseph Mathew, a resident of Vikas Nagar, said, ‘’An elderly person passed away in our neighbourhood a few days ago and it was very sad to see that her body had to be carried on a stretcher to the main road since there was no access to her house due to the wall.’’ He also said, ‘’There was a fire in Survey No 53 in March, and the fire brigade had to operate from the main road with the help of a hose pipe since access was blocked too. We have been paying a heavy amount of property tax and still made to suffer for no fault of ours.’’


Another resident said, ‘’A construction worker lost his life in May 2022 due to a delay in putting him into an ambulance. In emergencies, we feel helpless and stranded, and we are facing commuting problems every day.’’ The Pune Municipal Corporation officials have recently taken action in building a new approach road in Vikas Nagar, but considering the time taken for the paperwork and other formalities to be completed, it may take another four to five months. Joseph Mathew said, ‘’Till the time the new road is made, we are only requesting the concerned authorities to make a seven to eight feet gap in the wall to allow access for an ambulance at least. Once the new road is made, they can close the temporary access.’’


More than two years have passed since the wall was built, and the access that was being used for the last 50 years has been blocked. The DCP (Traffic) Rahul Srirame said, ‘’We will personally look into the issue and send an officer to find out more about the case.’’ SRPF commandant Mangesh Shinde said, ‘’The land is owned by the S.R.P.F and the wall was built from a security point of view. We will look into the matter.’’


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