“The whole project will take some more time to be completed. But with the partial opening of the road with 300 metres’ width, vehicles will be able to pass through easily. The old road also had the same width,” said Avinash Kamthe, sub-engineer, road department, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC).
More than 15,000 people living in 28 housing societies in the area have been facing problems in commuting since the slope, connecting the area with the NIBM Post Office road and other areas of Kondhwa, was closed on April 3 for the purpose of levelling and construction of a wide road.
“It is important that the PMC completes the construction quickly since we have been cut off from all sides and have been living literally in an island. However, I haven’t seen any sense of urgency among the officials to complete the work quickly for the past two months. More workers could have been deputed and work should have continued 24x7since the residents here cannot bear any further delay. It is a relief that a part of the road will open next month,” a resident of the area said.
With the residents having to use the NIBM Road, the traffic on the narrow and bumpy stretch with many slopes has doubled, resulting in frequent accidents. Apart from the NIBM Road, there is no other option for residents of NIBM annexe to reach Kondhwa quickly. On weekends and during peak hours, a 3km drive along the NIBM Road till the NIBM Post Office Chowk takes more than an hour. “The project involves construction of a 30feet-wide road without any slope. It also includes construction of walls on both sides and the PMC is working on the same as there are still some issues regarding acquisition of private land. Hence, the whole project will take some more time to be completed. However, in the meantime, traffic on one side can be opened and we are in the process of reducing the gradient and constructing a concrete road,” the PMC official said.
Tara Singh, the president of Anandvan Parisar Residents’ Forum, told TOI that the work was being monitored. “We are closely looking at how the road is being levelled and how will it be connected on both ends so that there is no bump and at one single level. We are in touch with the concerned engineers. Once this work is over, we will shift our focus to another dangerous slope near DMart at Royal Heritage Mall,” Singh said.
Daljeet Goraya, secretary, Ganga Kingston housing society, said, “If the authorities are going to work on the Anandvan-end while opening the traffic on either side, where are they going to keep all the heavy machinery? We don’t want a situation where they open the road and then close it after sometime.”