Traffic blackspots in Pune: Experts call for enhanced public transport

Pune traffic branch has identified Hinjewadi flyover junction, Pune university junction, Hadapsar junction and Nal stop junction as traffic blackspots

PUNE: A study conducted by the Pune Traffic Branch at the Pune University Junction found that up to 2.81 lakh vehicles pass through this busy intersection daily. Meanwhile, up to 3 lakh vehicles pass through Hadapsar Junction while more than 2.5 lakh vehicles pass through Nal Stop Junction on average daily. Daily commuters who cross these three junctions, commonly known as black spots, complain that it takes a long time to cross these points.

According to data available from the traffic directorate, 13 fatalities were reported at Hadapsar Junction in 12 accidents in 2022 while in 2021, as many as 20 people were seriously injured in 19 accidents while there had no fatalities. Similarly, Chaturshringi Junction recorded one fatality in an accident in 2022 while in 2021, five people were injured in five separate accidents. Nal Arrest Junction saw one crash resulting in one fatality in 2022 while five crashes resulted in an equal number of serious injuries in 2021.

The issue of black spots at Hinjewadi Flyover Junction, Pune University Junction, Hadapsar Junction and Nal Arrest Junction had become the subject of social media jokes after some Netizens have described the four points as ‘jam points’ where private tourism companies take tourists for tourism purposes and corner them. The widely shared social media post generated hilarious reactions among Twitter users.

DCP (traffic) Rahul Srirame said: “We have ensured that proper traffic arrangements are made at the black spots. In fact, at Pune University Junction, we are undertaking several traffic awareness related programs to streamline the traffic. Traffic is slow at the University of Pune intersection and there is not much congestion. We are trying to deter commuters from using the service and internal routes to eliminate traffic from the main Hadapsar intersection and decongest the area. Traffic wardens have also been deployed at important junctions and synchronization of signals has been carried out to decongest these points,” he said.

Sujit Patwardhan, administrator of the NGO Parisar, said: “Data on the number of accidents and vehicles passing through the area will not solve the problem of these places. Increasing population needs good infrastructure and proper advanced planning to make life comfortable for commuters. Rapid urbanization is causing pollution and increasing the number of vehicles on the city’s roads. Public transport needs to be strengthened. We have been raising these pertinent questions over the past decades. »

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