We are afraid to step out,say locals

Families living near the upcoming 1.3-km flyover on Pune-Satara Road rue confusing and chaotic traffic conditions,civic activists claim over 50 fatalities on the stretch.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: November 12, 2013 2:29:44 am

Kulkarni family living in housing society adjacent to Pune-Satara Road had recently lost its senior most family member in an accidental death involving PMPML bus. Septuagenarian Vasant Kulkarni was crossing the road in front of his home when a PMPML bus knocked him down.

“He was hit badly in the head and back. His spinal chord received severe injury. After being in a hospital for more than a month,he passed away on September 8,” Kulkarni’s wife Vasundhara said.

The mixing of BRTS corridor and non-BRTS corridor at several places on Pune-Satara Road,coupled with confusing and chaotic traffic conditions caused due to ongoing construction works on it,including flyover between Padmavati and Bharati Vidyapeeth,resulted in the death of Kulkarni,claims the family of deceased.

“He used to go out for walk daily. Old age had not restricted his movements. Onlookers said a PMPML bus and a four-wheeler approached him speedily while he was crossing road. He somehow avoided the four-wheeler,but the bus knocked him down,” said family members.

Several families living near the upcoming 1.3-km flyover on Pune-Satara Road,told Newsline about their harrowing experience while on road.

“It may sound bizarre,but we are afraid to move out. We have advised veterans in family not to go out unless it is absolutely must. I was about to get hit by a speeding vehicle while crossing road. Almost every family has experience similar to me. I know two deaths in our vicinity in road accidents in recent past,” said Manjeeet Bhuskute.

The families said service road provided to them is also full of vehicles. “The failed BRTS system and flyover construction work has made our life miserable. Like elders,we are also worried about road safety of our children. We have to daily accompany them to get school bus. We never ever imagined we have to live in such a miserable conditions,” said Lalita Kadu,resident of another housing society.

Speaking on the issue,civic activist Jugal Rathi,said failed BRTS system has so far resulted in more than 50 fatalities. “Safety audit of BRTS system is the need of the hour. Third-party experts should be involved in the exercise. Deployment of traffic wardens on BRTS routes and installation of CCTV cameras on dedicate lanes to detect any violation of traffic rules is also must,” he said.

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