PMC identifies 10 risky spots on Chandni Chowk flyover – ET Infra

PUNE: The recently inaugurated Chandni Chowk flyover project, including its service roads, entry-exit points and flyover, has at least 10 vulnerable spots that may prove dangerous for commuters and pedestrians.

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has in its recent survey identified these risky spots. “A proposal that we have drafted will be submitted to the civic committees for approval. The planning has been made in such a way that the proposed works will synchronize with the ongoing works,” said Nikhil Mijar, traffic planner for PMC.

Mijar said the study was carried out with visual inspection methods, where civic staffers and other volunteers spent hours together at various locations of the flyover. A rotary pedestrian walkway has been proposed after the study. The civic administration will approach NHAI for the corrective measures.

The PMC has planned rotary traffic near the big junctions and crossings. “There are several blind spots near some of the ramps due to damage to public properties. These blind spots are a challenge for the motorists approaching Chandni Chowk from Mulshi. There is a particularly dangerous turn towards Bavdhan from one of the Mulshi ramps. A motorist turning left comes directly in the way of traffic on the highway. This turn should have been avoided,” Pirangut resident Ramesh Shirke said.

“A big mistake we had made was allowing traffic to take the wrong way during the construction phase of the Chandni Chowk flyover. Motorists are now used to these shortcuts. For example, bikers and cabs are taking the wrong way from the Mumbai highway and directly come in the way of traffic. Worse, there are no police anywhere near to stop the offenders,” said Jayant Kulkarni, resident of Hinjewadi.

A senior National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) official said they were planning new works, like underpasses and foot-over bridges, to resolve the issues. The official said the project would take around four-six months after approval for completion. The authorities will spend Rs6 crore on the initiative.

“A new proposal has been sent to the head office in Mumbai for approval. Once it is approved, the ground work will start. This was not part of the original project,” said Bharat Todkari, consultanting engineer with NHAI. The project, initiated by PMC, is executed by NHAI.

Chandni Chowk is a major entry exit point to Pune City. Vehicles from NDA, Pashan, Kothrud, Mulshi meet at the junction.

  • Published On Sep 22, 2023 at 02:23 PM IST

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