Shivajinagar: Deputy CM Ajit Pawar Mediates as Alternative Road Construction Nears Completion Near Pune University

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Pune, 26th March 2024: In efforts to alleviate traffic congestion on Ganeshkhind Road, the construction of a temporary alternative road from the College of Agriculture near Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) is nearing completion, with expectations of opening to traffic in the first week of April. This development aims to ease traffic stress on Ganeshkhind Road and alleviate fatigue for light motorists commuting to Range Hills, Bopodi, and Khadki.

Concerns over traffic congestion along Ganeshkhind Road, exacerbated by ongoing projects like multi-storied flyovers and metro construction, prompted the proposal for an alternative route using the Agricultural College road. However, initial opposition from students arose, fearing disruption to university activities and agriculture-related areas.

In response, Deputy Chief Minister and Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar convened a meeting with Pune Municipal Corporation and Educational Officials, urging consideration of a new alternative route. A proposal emerged for a road extending from the entrance of Mahametro at Sakhar Sankul in the Agriculture College to the protective wall near the Central Hatchery in the cantonment limits.

Construction on this alternative route commenced approximately one and a half months ago under the supervision of Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) officials. The project involved clearing agricultural land, leveling, soil filling, and asphalt laying, advancing steadily to its final stages.

PMRDA Commissioner Rahul Mahiwal expressed optimism about the project’s progress, highlighting its role in easing traffic congestion on Ganeshkhind Road. He anticipates the road’s completion and subsequent opening to traffic in the first week of April, marking a significant step towards addressing traffic challenges in the area.