Seven years after it first launched the BRTS as a pilot project,the PMC efforts to push it further on other city roads has come under criticism as elected representatives have alleged that the civic administration is negligent in ensuring the safety of citizens crossing the road.
The BRTS pilot project was in controversy after accidents were reported due to implementation of BRTS on Satara and Solapur road. However,civic administration took steps to address the issue and implement the project.
However,the accidental death of two youths last week has once again made the elected representatives to raise voice against the civic administration failure to check safety of citizens on roads where BRTS is being implemented.
Mayor Chanchala Kodre sought action against concerned officer responsible for not implementing safety measures despite her request. Kodre said she had written to the municipal commissioner on October 11 urging civic administration to take safety measures on BRTS route.
The absence of traffic wardens at road crossings was brought to the notice of administration. However,there has been no improvement in safety measures on BRTS route, she said adding that the civic administration should undertake extensive drive for safety of citizens on BRTS route.
The PMC administration is being provided Rs 25 lakh of mayors fund for appointing traffic warden. The administration should submit a report of its action on safety measures on BRTS route after one week, Kodre said.
Congress corporator Avinash Bagwe too has urged the municipal chief to make neccessary arrangements to ensure safety of citizens on roads where BRTS is being implemented. Other private vehicles should be strictly stopped from using BRTS lane and also citizens should be helped in crossing the road, he said.
Independent corporator Ashwini Kadam has requested the civic administration to construct pedestrian crossing on the Satara road to check the rise in accidents of citizens crossing road.