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Pune: Pimpri-Chinchwad residents set agenda for new civic chief

Aggrieved citizens want new Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil to take up their complaints against deficiency in services on priority.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: February 21, 2021 3:22:46 am
A speed breaker in bad shape

FROM indiscriminately-placed unwiedly speadbreakers, encroached footpaths, bad roads, uncleared garbage to choked nullahs, residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad have several complaints against the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. Aggrieved local residents want the new Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil to take up their complaints on priority basis. Here are some of grievances from residents from across the industrial city:

Sachin Godambe, a resident of Bhosari, says, “Whether in Bhosari or elsewhere in Pimpri-Chinchwad, speed-breakers are constructed indscriminately and in all sizes and shapes… Some of the abnormal-sized ones have caused accidents and deaths. PCMC has never given any thought to setting up speed-breakers that can slow down the speed of vehicles as well as ensure safety and comfort for riders and drivers.”

In the ummarket Pimple Nilakh area, Sudhir Kawde, a resident, says garbage can be found everywhere. “PCMC does have vehicles for carrying garbage. When the vehicles come, people don’t care. They dump garbage whereever possible, even right in front of the garden.”

In neighbouring post Wakad area, Ashok Morwal, a resident, complains,”Choked storm water drains are a major problem here. They emanate stench and have created mosquito problems. Civic staff are rarely seen clearing them.” Rajendra Ramamurthy, a resident of Bopkhel, says,”Despite being merged with PCMC years ago, the suburbs of Bophkel remains largely neglected. We don’t have even a single civic hospital… The bridge work connecting Bopkhel with Khadki is moving at an excrutiatingly slow pace…”.

Pradnya Patil, a resident of Rahatni, says traffic congestion is a major problem in the area, especially during wedding season. “The three marriage halls are located close to each other. Whenever marriages take place, it leads to traffic congestion. The PCMC and the police should ensure proper parking space and manage the traffic.”

Manav Kamble, a resident of Chinchwad, says, “All roads in nearby areas have been dug up for various works. This creates traffic impediments and poses a threat the life of road users.”

Sheetal Mahankale, a teacher from Nigdi, blames the PCMC and traffic for not resolving the traffic issue at Nigdi chowk. “On a narrow road leading to Telco Road from Nigdi chowk, daily congestion can be witnessed. It gets worse during evening hours. A PMPML bus stop and auto-rickshaw stand are at the same stop. Besides, stalls, passengers and pedestrians use the same road… both the PMPML stop and the auto-rickshaw stand should be moved ahead… it will ease the traffic problem.”

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