The city roads may soon see less traffic jams,with the traffic police and Pune Municipal Corporation deciding to start transport hubs on five national highways in the city. After they are set up,buses,both state and privately owned passing through the city will not be allowed to enter the city.
A meeting, attended by personnel for traffic police,state transport (MSRTC),PMPML and PMC,was held at the civic headquarters to review traffic snarls in the city.
PMC proposed that it would develop transport hubs on certain locations on major city roads that were being used for octroi collection. Abolition of octroi has made the collection post available for other purposes. It was decided that a transport hub be developed since they are at the main entry points in the city, said Rajendra Jagtap,additional municipal commissioner.
Accordingly,the octroi post at Shindewadi on Pune-Satara Road will have a transport hub for buses coming from and going towards Satara,Sangli,Kolhapur and Bangalore. The post at Balewadi will be used for buses carrying passengers travelling between Mumbai and Konkan. At Phugewadi,the transport hub would cater to buses running between Shirdi and Nashik,while the octroi post at Wagholi would be used for buses coming from and going towards Ahmednagar,Marathwada and Vidharba. Similarly,the post at Shewalewadi will be used for buses running between Solapur and Andhra Pradesh.
Jagtap said the transport hub concept will be introduced in the city for the first time in which the facility will be developed by PMC and would be made available for state transport and private buses to operate from the same place. PMC will charge fee for each private bus coming in through the transport hub and would develop facility of a restaurant,rest room and other necessary services in the structure, he said.
The PMPML buses and auto-rickshaws will also operate from the same place to provide connecting links from the city to the transport hubs.
The basic idea is to stop buses passing via Pune to enter the city limits,eventually congesting roads,he said adding,The traffic police and PMC will take action against buses entering the city and found parked illegally. Those state transport buses which start and end their journey from the city will be allowed to run on city roads.
However,the state transport is yet to give its nod to the initiative,Jagtap said. The state transport officers have been asked to use the existing bus stands for their administrative offices.