IT professional Reema Bhattacharya,who generally likes to head to Amanora Mall on weekends,was not very happy after a trip last Saturday. She was stuck in a traffic for 20 minutes on the Kharadi bypass,just half-a-kilometre from the mall.
Though it would have taken me only five minutes to walk down to the mall,I could not do anything as I was on my bike. I ended up wasting 20 minutes waiting for the traffic to move, said Bhattacharya.
She added while the stretch to Amanora has always been crowded,since Seasons Mall came up there,the traffic situation has gone from bad to worse.
The traffic chaos and the inconvenience it has been causing to visitors has not gone unnoticed by the mall management.
Tushar Mehta,Centre Director,Amanora,said,With the development of Kharadi and adjoining areas,the traffic problem in Hadapsar has also grown. But,we are ready to provide whatever support is required. A plan must soon be worked out to resolve the traffic issue to make life easier for commuters and for people living in the area.
He,however,refused to accept that the opening of the mall caused the problem.
Mehta added though the developers of the mall and government officials have held discussions to resolve the traffic issue,no concrete steps have been taken.
Vishwas Pandhare,DCP ,Traffic,said the four-lane road is not sufficient to bear the traffic volume.
It is the only stretch that connects two parts of the city Pune-Ahmednagar Road and Pune-Solapur Road. We need a six or a eight- lane road to ease traffic. The solution we have worked out involves developing a road from Wagholi to Kalpadal,so that commuters can use that route as well, said Pandhare.
He said another concern is widening the bypass from Kondhwa to Katraj. The Katraj-Kondhwa stretch has many issues including encroachments. Once that road is developed,heavy vehicles can use that route instead of the road between the malls and Magarpatta, he added.
Srinivas Bonala,Additional City Engineer,(Project) Traffic Planning,said his department has done everything required to develop the road. Managing traffic-related issues is not only our job. We have set up dividers on the road and ensure there is adequate lighting, he added.