ADITYA GUNDECHA

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Citadel - - PUNEITES SPEAK -

as­sive amounts of tax­pay­ers’ money have been spent in crores on de­vel­op­ing the Aundh-Baner-Bale­wadi smart city project and nu­mer­ous press re­leases t o boast of the awards won. To be hon­est, this is all waste of pub­lic funds con­sid­er­ing that, once again, Pune finds it­self strug­gling to cope up with mon­soon hin­drance year af­ter year. While spend­ing such a huge amount on smart city project, P C stands ex­posed for its com­plete un­pre­pared­ness and ig­no­rance to­wards the mon­soon wor­ries. Is that smart or dumb plan­ning? ecide for your­self. round re­al­ity check will ex­pose the sit­u­a­tion faced by many af­ter the city was hit by the first rain. Sub­urbs like Wagholi have been suf­fer­ing due to wa­ter all year long. Ad­ding in­sult to in­jury, the very first pre-mon­soon show­ers flooded the roads. Wa­ter log­ging caused havoc and many cars were stuck for sev­eral hours. astern Pune saw lin­ger­ing traf­fic jams be­cause of sig­nal break­down. This is a com­mon sight im­me­di­ately af­ter a heavy down­pour. This af­fects other parts of the city too, in­clud­ing im­por­tant ar­te­rial roads in Aundh and Shiva­ji­na­gar. Although the P C has claimed that per cent of pre-mon­soon works have been com­pleted, the fact is that the work done so far ap­pears to be tawdry!

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