hurdles crop up As city gears up for Ganesh festival

PMC turns blind eye as mandals dig up roads

Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Published: September 3, 2013 1:47 am

Despite PMC’s appeal to Ganesh mandals to not dig up roads while erecting pandals,several roads have been damaged and the civic administration has not taken any action yet.

PMC has already been criticised for the number of potholes that cropped up this monsoon.

“We are always at the receiving end. We were blamed when roads were damaged during monsoon. PMC has appealed to mandals to not to dig city roads for pandals as it will further damage repaired roads . The civic administration cannot take action against mandals as political pressure and religious sentiments are attached to the festival,” said a civic officer.

Political leaders criticise the administration for the potholes,but do not allow us to take action,he added.

“Many mandals have started putting up pandals without digging. The rest should follow the same to avoid damage,” additional city engineer Pramod Nirbhavane said.

In addition,PMC has put restrictions on mandals. Pandals cannot occupy more than one third of the road.

Meanwhile,civic activists demanded that the administration should not give permission to pandals to set up on footpaths,cycle tracks and in front of bus stops as they inconvenience citizens.

“In case of traffic reorganisation or diversions,movement of personal vehicles should be restricted or banned partially/fully on certain stretches. Also,restriction on movement of public transport buses should be considered,” said activist Jugal Rathi.

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