After directives from the state government,the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has taken up repair works for footpaths on a war footing.
The city has 1,850 km of roads,including 90 km of concrete road. The concrete road has footpaths on both sides. In all,930 km road have footpaths on both sides and the total length of footpaths is 1,860 km, said Pramod Nirbhavane,additional city engineer,PMC.
He admitted that the condition of footpaths at some places was not good and there was a lack of mechanism for their maintenance. Most of the damages to footpaths are due to digging undertaken by various utility service providers,including power,telecom companies and natural gas suppliers. Thus,the utility service providers have been told that the digging permission will not be given by April 15 and they should submit their yearly demand in advance to avoid inconvenience to citizens, Nirbhavane said.
Ward offices whor are responsible for the maintenance of foothpaths have been directed to get on with the job of repair of damage footpaths,he said,adding,”The ward offices have been asked to submit a report of work completed along with the length and width of the footpath.”
The lack of provision of utility services on city roads leads to digging work,but now the newly constructed concrete roads don’t face the problem as provisions of duct for utility service is being provided,Nirbhavane added.
Te failure of administration to maintain city footpaths have been causing inconvenience to citizens. The condition of footpaths is neglected by civic administration as they are broken or encroached upon with no action from the civic body,said a citizen.
There is no standard width of footpath as it varies across the city.
On the roads that have footpath,they are in bad condition and needs repair. The problem exists on most of the major city roads. On the road developed under JNNURM,the PMC has constructed footpaths that have irregular width.
At some places,there is no continuity of footpath. Footpaths that are in better condition are encroached upon by hawkers or shop keepers leaving no space for citizens to walk on the dedicated passage,said a resident.