On Thursday, a number of local residents and shopkeepers of Viman Nagar launched a signature campaign to protest against the one-way traffic system, introduced in the area since Wednesday morning by the Pune Police Traffic Branch. Arvind Pardesi, a resident, said that given the increased traffic due to one-way, he leaves almost 20 minutes early from his house to drop his daughter to school, located in Shivajinagar. “The officials have been saying that it (one-way) was done to curb traffic problem in the area. It has backfired,” said Pardesi, adding that the move has particularly hit the senior citizens and schoolchildren.
Sohan Singh Sona, who owns Khalsa Sweet Mart in the area, said that ever since the one-way traffic has been introduced, autorickshaw drivers are refusing passengers due to so many turns being blocked. For example, he stated that the commuter coming from the road near Hyatt Regency towards Datta Mandir Chowk, cannot take a right turn, while the commuter coming from HDFC Bank lane towards Datta Mandir Chowk, cannot take a left turn. Given one-way road, vehicles are travelling so fast that a person cannot cross the road walking, he said.
On Thursday, Feroz Mohammad Sheikh, a resident, submitted a letter to the DCP, Traffic Branch, in which he has opposed the one-way traffic plan. Sheikh said that the many of the traffic signals in Viman Nagar have not been working since the past many months, for instance, the signals near Datta Mandir Chowk, Krishna Chowk and Ganpati Chowk. Instead of diverting the traffic, the officials, should have corrected the existing problems, he stressed. Sheikh added that in the coming one or two days, the residents and shopkeepers will come together for a protest march against the one-way traffic move.