The traffic Control Branch of the Pune city police has decided to make traffic on a patch of Jangli Maharaj (JM) Road two way again from Saturday night to Monday morning on an experimental basis. At present, the JM road, which is an important arterial road of the city, is one way for its entire stretch.
The JM Road and the Fergusson College (FC) road, two almost parallel arterial roads connecting Deccan Gymkhana to Shivajinagar were made one way in August 2009. The traffic police advocated the change stating that it would ease traffic.
From 10 pm on February 7 to 6 am on February 9, traffic from Natraj Chowk (the T-junction before the Deccan Gymkhana bus stop) to Jhansi Chi Raani Chowk (better known as Balgandharv Chowk) will be made two way. Vehicles will be allowed to take both right and left turn at the Balgandharva Chowk to go towards Ghole Road or PMC, a press note from the traffic branch said.
Deputy commissioner of police (Traffic) Sarang Awad said, “It has been observed that FC road and Apte Road have increasingly started witnessing traffic clogging especially on Sundays, when FC road has a large number of visitors. So to study the feasibility of making it two way flowing for the said patch, we have decided to open it on an experimental basis. We will study the results and then decide on further course of action.”
Traffic experts and civic activists have stated in the past that even if the two roads were made one way, the carriage width of the ends remained the same, resulting in bottlenecks at the ends.