Halt in incessant rainfall brings some relief,but danger still lurks on roads

Commuters,civic body grapple with potholes

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:July 30, 2013 2:43 am

Even as Puneites continue to struggle while commuting on city roads riddled with potholes,making their travel a dangerous one,there was some relief from the heavy downpour that lashed the city continuously for the past few days.

Although the civic administration claimed that it has repaired the roads,it did not give any details of the work done in the past two days.

With the civic administration failing to complete repair work on most roads despite a break in the downpour,people continued to face problems on most city roads. In some places,the patch work was going on,but the unevenness did not provide a smooth ride for vehicles.

To cite a few examples,the unevenness of the J M Road caused much inconvenience to commuters while the footpath near Dandekar bridge that was damaged due to rainfall caused pedestrians much pain after which the administration repair it to avoid accidents.

However,the civic authorities did not give any details of the repair work despite repeated efforts. “The information on the entire city would be compiled and released later on,” said a civic employee.

Elected representatives of Congress,Shiv Sena and BJP jointly submitted a proposal,seeking action against the contractors in the road construction work. “The civic administration should seize the deposits of contractors and stop payment to contractors for roads that got damaged due to rain. These contractors should be blacklisted,” said Congress leader Avinash Bagawe in the proposal.

The proposal was jointly submitted by BJP leader Ashok Yenpure,Shiv Sena leader Ashok Harnaval and Congress leaders Ulhas Bagul and Bagawe.

Meanwhile,MNS staged a protest on Shivaji Road against the administration’s failure to repair the roads properly. “It is shocking that the recently constructed roads were damaged. We will continue to point out to the administration the poor condition of the roads,: said MNS leader Vasant More.

Potholes claim two lives on Saswad Road

A 48-year-old woman and her 23-year-old son were killed after the motorbike they were riding collided head-on with a tempo on Sunday night on a flyover on Saswad Road.

Police suspect that due to the large number of potholes on the patch of the road,drivers of both the tempo and the motorcycle might have lost control over their vehicles.

As per information given by Hadapsar police,the incident took place at 8 pm on Sunday night when Akshay Pramod Bhengale and his mother,Hirabai,were on their way back home from Saswad.

The tempo (MH-45-T-0062) was on its way to Saswad when it collided with the bike. Both Akshay and Hirabai fell from the bike and sustained severe injuries. Akshay died on the way to the hospital,while his mother succumbed to the injuries during treatment.

Senior police inspector Raghunath Jadhav said,“The patch of the road,where the mishap took place,has a lot of potholes. We suspect the driver of the tempo or that of motorbike or both to have lost control of their vehicles. Both were speeding.”

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