The traffic control branch of Pune city police has deployed an additional force on the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) route on the Pune-Ahmednagar road, in the wake of a series of accidents in the last two weeks. In a recent incident Wednesday, 14-year-old Akansha Dhanwij was knocked down on the BRTS route in Ramwadi on the Pune-Ahmednagar road by a speeding police jeep and received major injuries. Her family had demanded action against the police officers in this jeep as no vehicles other than PMPML buses and ambulances are allowed to travel on the BRTS routes. A meeting of top officials of the PMC, traffic police and also residents’ groups was conducted.
Deputy commissioner of police Pravin Mundhe said, “A review of the situation on BRTS routes was conducted. The traffic police had decided to increase manpower on the Pune-Ahmednagar BRT route to prevent mishaps. We will deploy an additional force including 12 constables and two officers on this route.” Steps would be taken to prevent the entry of other vehicles on BRTS routes, he said. Also, the police has appealed to people not to walk on BRTS routes. This route too started functioning on April 28.