With monsoon a month away,the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has issued strict directives to ensure that road repair works and nullah cleaning operation is completed by May 30. Officials of the department concerned have been warned of strict action if the works are not completed within the stipulated time.
We are taking no chances. We have directed our officials to ensure that road repair work besides nullah cleaning operation is taking up on priority basis. I have given a deadline and I hope all the work would be done before time, Municipal Commissioner Shrikar Pardeshi said on Monday.
The civic chief added that after May 30,he would personally inspect the work undertaken by civic officials. If nullah cleaning and road works are not in order,I will initiate appropriate action in the matter, he said.
While internal road repair works are going on at many places,residents still complain that the work is not being done properly. Speed-breakers are not being laid properly at several places. Drainage chambers have either sunk creating dangerous situation for two-wheeler riders. The drainage chamber covers have sunk,creating a big hollow on the road which is highly risky for two-wheelers, said activist Kalpesh Pagaria.
Advocate Sushil Mancharkar said speed-breakers are being laid out anywhere and everywhere without proper planning.
The civic commissioner had said that model speed-breakers will be built but it is shocking to see that civic officials are creating speed breakers anywhere and everywhere and in all shapes and sizes. These speed-breakers are life-threatening. We hope the municipal commissioner will issue appropriate directions to put the model speed-breakers in place.
At some places road tiles have come off. Sunil Landge,a resident of Kasarwadi said,The road which passes through Chhatrapati Shivaji Chowk and emerges on the Pune-Mumbai highway through Hanuman Colony area has been completely ripped off. Despite complaints,nothing has happened. While other roads have been tarred in Kasarwadi,this particular road has been neglected, he said.
Meanwhile,the directions issued by the civic chief seem to have been taken very seriously by the officials.
When contacted,officials from different ward offices said they have already started the work of cleaning nullahs and repairing roads . Since this commissioner is known for his strict approach,none of us wants to take any chance. We are racing against time to complete the work, a senior official said.