Two public transport buses which broke down in the middle of a busy road on Saturday evening cause traffic snarls at and around Sancheti Chowk. It took at least one-and-a-half hours of efforts by the traffic police to easen the jam.
The traffic snarls which commenced at 5.45 pm continued until 8.30 pm.
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“I was going from SGC Mall towards Aundh where I stay. When I crossed Maldhakka, the traffic became very slow. Still further, it came to a standstill and didn’t move for about 40 minutes. I was stuck in the jam for over an hour,” said Jamaluddin Baig, a salesman.
According to Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic-Zone 4) Sunil Khaladkar, the jam was caused when two Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses broke down at the same spot in within a short period of time.
“At about 5.45 pm, a PMPML bus broke down near the College of Engineering, Pune (COEP).
To take it off the road, we pressed a crane into service. However,
all four tyres of the bus were badly stuck and weren’t moving. It took as many as 20 minutes to move that bus off the road. However, as soon as this was done, another PMPML bus broke down at the same spot. It consumed 20 minutes more. This jammed the road and also slowed down traffic on all other adjoining roads and also Pune-Mumbai Highway,” said Khaladkar.