Siddhant Dudhane,19,of Navi Peth died in a road accident on Saturday,a day before his birthday. His two-wheeler collided with another,that of software professional Mandhar Bane,28,of Somwar Peth around 8.30 pm. Siddhant died on the spot while Bane succumbed to injuries at hospital. Dudhanes friend and pillion rider Rohit Jadhav has been injured.
The mishap occurred on the road along Mutha river from Deccan Gymkhana area to Mhatre bridge that has seen regular accidents with no speedbreakers and insufficient lighting. Police said none of the deceased wore helmets when the accident occurred.
Local residents said the road witnessed regular accidents,mainly due to overspeeding by two-wheeler riders. For the Dudhane family,the accident was another catastrophe after the death of Siddhants father,sister and aunt in a year.
Civic officials and traffic police gave their own version about the road. BG Kutwal,police inspector (traffic) for Deccan division,said the stretch had seen at least four accidents in the past six months. We had blocked four-wheeler traffic one and a half year ago. We have repeatedly written to the ward officer on speedbreakers and insufficient lighting. We had asked for three speedbreakers each at spots between overhead bridges. The lighting is insufficient. We had also asked for blocking stones for four-wheelers . Nothing has been done.
Vivek Kharwadkar,additional city engineer (roads) of Pune Municipal Corporation,said,We will have to go ahead taking into consideration any court stay on riverside roads to construct speedbreakers.
Vijay Dahibhate,deputy commissioner (electrical),said,We had checked the street lights during Ganesh festival. We will have to see if there are any faults right now. Sometimes,the lights are not switched on.