Saturday, February 10, 2018

Space for traffic must for new airport connect

Pune: Traffic along Pune-Saswad road crawls, virtually round-the-clock, in the wake of rapid urbanization, increase in the number of vehicles, haphazard parking, illegal vendors, encroachments and the rise in the number of IT companies.
The worst sufferers are the residents of Hadapsar and its suburbs. They fear that the congestion will increase manifold if widening of roads and the Phursungi flyover is not taken on a priority, keeping in mind the proposed international airport at Purandar.
n official from the civic body's road department said 50% traffic from Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad will pass through the area once the airport becomes operational at Purandar. "The solution is sixlaning of the existing four-lane Saswad road and construction of pavements," he said.
Both Pune and rural police are planning to initiate a proposal to improve road infrastructure after conducting a survey of the roads leading to the proposed airport. "Most commuters will travel through Saswad road. We need flyovers, underpasses and bridges to tackle the traffic load. Widening of Saswad road passing through Khadi Machine chowk and the roads between Chakan and Kharadi is also needed," a police officer said.
Businessman Prakash Shivarkar said, "The congestion will ease only if the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) removes encroachments from both sides of Saswad road. A ring road from Katraj to Phursungi and Lonikalbhor has been sanctioned, but land acquisition has not taken place at Hadapsar and Saswad."
Hadapsar police senior inspector Vishnu Pawar said, "A boom in industrial sector will happen at Purandar, Jejuri and Baramati once the work of the new airport commences. Cargo movements will also rise. The roads between Hadapsar and Saswad, Uruli Kanchan and Jejuri and Yavat and Malshiras need to be widened at the earliest."
10/02/18 Asseem Shaikh/Times of India