The 700-meter road from the station to the Mundhwa ring road is 10 feet wide in most parts – too narrow for two vehicles to pass side by side.
While traffic is likely to increase once rail services begin, railway officials are not worried. They said a team from the Railroad Protection Force (RPF) was deployed to deal with traffic management.
“The road belongs to the railways. But with the sudden departure of the train, our focus now is to ensure that passenger amenities are in place. Since the Hadapsar station is to be transformed into a satellite terminal by March 2024, road development is part of our long-term plan, ”Manoj Jhawar, public relations manager of the Pune railway division, told TOI.
The special train will reach Hadapsar from Hyderabad on July 8. The train will leave Hadapsar every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. starting July 9. The train will leave Hyderabad at 8:35 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Saturday.
“The train is operated by the South Central Railway, and the decision to operate it came from the Railway Board. We are required to perform it even if it surprised us. Hadapsar station has three platforms and work related to basic infrastructure is progressing at a steady pace. We will be able to provide basic amenities to passengers once services begin, ”said another rail official.
Local residents, however, said the narrow road would pose a major problem. “No public transport is available from the station at the moment. Once the train has started, autorickshaws and private vehicles will pick up and drop off the passengers. However, the road is so narrow in most areas that two vehicles cannot pass side by side. In addition, in many areas the road is damaged and congestion is a major problem. One can only imagine the nightmare that the passengers will experience. The railways should have focused on developing the road first, ”said a local trader.
Another railway official said passengers can walk to the Mundhwa ring road to take public transport.
Rail sources said there was also a proposal to start a train to / from Hadapsar last year, but the Pune Rail Division made it clear that the station was unable to start trains from travelers. “Nothing at the station was ready. Now we have at least three platforms and one of them can accommodate a 24-car train, ”the official said.
Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMLML) officials said the narrow road was a cause for concern. “We visited the place. Some midi-buses can be started, but the narrow and rugged road is a cause for concern. Different agencies, including the traffic police, are working on a solution, ”said Dattatray Zende, traffic manager, PMPML.
Harsha Shah, Chairman of Railway Pravasi Group, said, “Whenever you ask the railway officials, they are just saying the work is in progress and should be completed soon. It has been going on for 10 years now. They have to discuss and bring the train to Pune station to reduce the difficulties faced by passengers. ”
Another railway official found comfort in the fact that reservations for the train were very small. “Reservations are only around 9%. So there won’t be a lot of passengers right now, ”he said.