January 7, 2009 12:27:56 am
So what if an elderly woman dies at the chaotic Nashik Phata chowk? So what if a housewife’s wrist is broken and she gets 45 stitches? So what if there is a jam everyday,spelling traffic nightmare? The travails of those passing through the Nashik Phata chowk seems to have no end as the traffic police and the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation are taking their own time to discipline the ever chaotic chowk where mishaps have become a regular happening.
A fortnight ago,the PCMC woke up to put a board at the blind corner of the chowk. The board does not carry any warning or message,it has maintained its status quo all this while. PCMC city engineer Eknath Ugile said civic officials along with the traffic police authorities have conducted a survey at the chowk and will soon debar parking in the entire chowk. “We are finalising the spots where this board will come up. The views of local residents are also being considered,” he said.
If PCMC is moving snail’s pace,the traffic cops stationed at Nashik Phata are completely turning a blind eye to vehicles parked or halting indiscriminately at the chowk. “Because of the chaotic movement of the traffic,there is a constant threat to lives of the travelling public at chowk,” says Chetan Kachi,a local resident.
On both Pune-Nashik highway stretch and the Pune-Mumbai highway stretch,vehicles can be found parked through the day and even during night times. Especially at the blind corner — heading towards Pune — vehicles are parked anyhow,anytime and they make indiscriminate movement,putting the speedy traffic in all kinds of trouble. In front of the Sagar Corner building,an array of vehicles are parked,blocking the thousands of vehicles which enter and exit from Kasarwadi area. “Most of these vehicles are parked right on public road. If they are asked to remove the vehicles,they pick up a fight,” says Balasaheb Nanavare,a local resident. “The police took action for a couple of days. After that the situation is back to what it used to be…The traffic cops are currently turning a complete blind eye to parking right on public road and the highway,” says Sanjay Shah,another resident.
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