Pune Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak on Monday directed all the civic departments to take appropriate measures to ensure pedestrians face no problems while using pavements.
In a statement issued here,Pathak said,All the civic departments should ensure there is no inconvenience to pedestrian while using pavements.
He said that debris or any equipment lying on pavements forces pedestrians to walk on roads and risk their lives. The civic administration has been criticised for such incidents and doubts are raised on the efficiency of the civic body, he said.
He said the pavements should be made safe for pedestrians. The digging work to lay utility cables should only be allowed after a provision of alternate safe passage is made available to pedestrians, he added.
He said the respective ward officer and the head of department would be held responsible if pedestrians face any problem.
The plan for maintenance of pavements should be made by ward offices and dedicated staff of Nuisance Detection Squad should be appointed to keep a check on pavements,said the commissioner.
The report on the status of pavements should be prepared on regular basis and steps should be taken to repair them. Also,the civic staff should keep the pavements encroachment free,he added.
Pathak said the damaged chambers and manhole lids on pavements should be repaired. The garden department should remove trees or its branches causing obstruction on pavements after taking proper permission.
The hurdles on pavements caused due to parking should be addressed in a planned manner,said Pathak,adding that pavements and roads should be distinctly separated at junctions to ensure the vehicles do not crossover pavements.
PMC prohibits digging of city roads from today
Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has issued a warning prohibiting digging of roads for any purpose starting Tuesday.
In a statement issued on Monday,the civic administration said no one should carry out digging work on the city roads from now onwards. The utility service providers were given permission to dig roads to lay cables till May 15 with instructions to finish the work by May 20,it said.
Those failing to abide by instructions will face legal action,the statement added.