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There has been an increase in traffic snarls at Wagholi and on the way to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC). While a proposal to build a flyover from Shikrapur to Kesnand has been pending for four years, in the meantime the state government is looking at short term measures to ease traffic snarls in the area.
A special meeting was convened to address the traffic snarls on Pune-Nagar Road, especially at Wagholi, in the presence of Pune district collector Saurabh Rao and Pune Rural SP Jay Jadhav. The district administration has now decided on the Rs 600-crore flyover project as a long-term solution and until then implement short term measures to increase the traffic management in the stretch. The project has not yet been cleared by the government because of the cost.
The flyover is expected to help commuters reach the MIDC area without having to face heavy traffic jams. The villagers from Wagholi have also given space for parking while the police department has agreed to give a team of five people, apart from the six at the chowk, to help manage traffic. Rural SP Jay Jadhav said that this is a temporary solution. “We will be fining them strictly,” he said of traffic rules violators, besides putting in place these measures. However,a permanent solution is the flyover as it is in Nashik where a flyover connects the city to the MIDC and avoids any traffic snarls.
Rao said that he would definitely put up the proposal again and push for this project. “More lanes will be added while there will be checks on every second and fourth Tuesday, when the villagers have the local market.”
The service road should be ready in three months time while there will also be traffic signals installed at all the required places while heavy vehicles plying for ferrying sand from the nearest sand quarry will not be operational in the peak hours of 7-11 am and 4-8 pm, the officials said post the meeting.