Even as efforts by the traffic police and Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to ease traffic on Laxmi Road have come a cropper,students of a city-based architecture college have drawn a comprehensive plan to help get rid of the traffic congestion at the shopping hub.
A group of 23 students of the PVP College of Architecture (PVP-COA) has come up with a master plan suggesting ways to solve the persistent problems faced on Laxmi Road.
The project Exploring Laxmi Road,an urban design study-cum-proposal,was undertaken by students under the guidance of Prof. Prasanna Desai. It took them five months to complete the project.
The whole plan aims at revitalising this oldest and longest commercial street with its aesthetics and identity intact. Our focus is to make the road pedestrian- and shopper-friendly without disturbing vehicular movement. In our plan,we have encouraged public transport. This will benefit pedestrians,shoppers,hawkers and all other stakeholders, said Ashik Jain,a student.
To begin with,the students have suggested that the road be made parking-free. This will pave the way for wider footpaths and a one-lane road open only to public transport. Other propositions include basement parking plan for two- and four-wheelers.