Citadel - - PUNEITES SPEAK -

Pune’s roads have trans­mo­gried from an ac­cept­able state to quite a catas­tro­phe. Roads are dug in an un­planned man­ner, dis­turb­ing the service ca­bles, and hav­ing a harsh im­pact on ci­ti­zens. The funny thing is var­i­ous de­part­ments and com­pa­nies want to dig the thor­ough­fares at dif­fer­ent times! And when the dug up roads are patched up again, it sim­ply de­stroys the con­ti­nu­ity of the road sur­face and the road is no more even. Also, a drainage grill pops up in the mid­dle of the road, which are some­times so below the road level that a biker can get thrown off! Every year, be­fore the mon­soon sets in, the PMC tries to squeeze new drainage pipe­lines be­neath the road. In ad­di­tion, the ‘Con­creti­sa­tion Drive’ poses a threat to the city’s ground­wa­ter ta­ble. So though con­crete roads are more durable, they should have some mech­a­nism for seep­ing of wa­ter. The roads need more grade sep­a­ra­tors and LED/ street lights in or­der to re­duce the fre­quency of ac­ci­dents. Par­tic­u­larly, the roads near Warje-Mar­wadi and Me­hen­dale Garage are un­der con­struc­tion since for­ever! Also, the Satara Road is ex­tremely out of shape. There­fore, I urge the au­thor­i­ties to take mea­sured steps and quickly wrap up the dig­ging work so as to pre­vent un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dents.

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