PUNE While the section near Narhe on the Mumbai-Bangalore highway has been the subject of a series of incidents, the other part of the road between Chandni chowk and Wakad is also just as risky, according to regular commuters .
In Chandni chowk, many vehicles suddenly stop to pick up passengers bound for Mumbai, posing a risk to those driving from behind, especially when the highway often sees vehicles passing at high speeds.
On the one hand, the ongoing construction of the flyover at Chandni chowk has made the road narrower, stopping vehicles, according to many, is a problem. At the same time, another stretch of the highway between Warje and Wadgaon is also risky as the hawkers selling fruits and vegetables are inconvenient.
âI am staying in Katraj and going to work in Hinjewadi via Highway. Every day I find vehicles suddenly stopping near Chandni chowk or fruit vendors occupying part of the highway. Since it is a highway and vehicles move at a particular speed, such an obstacle has become deadly in the past, âsaid Avinash Bhosale, computer engineer.
According to data shared by Pune Police, the section between Bhumkar Bridge and Navle Bridge reported 25 accidents in 2020 while part under the jurisdiction of Sinhgad Road saw 20 incidents and Warje Police Station. recorded 33 accidents.
Besides accidents, congestion due to overflight works at Chandni chowk often results in a long queue of vehicles heading to Mumbai. At the same time, despite various initiatives by the National Highway Authority of India and the police, the highway near Narhe continues to be risky, as seen last week when three people were killed when a truck reversed and ran over them.
âThe major and highest number of accidents are happening on the Navle Bridge. The traffic police are not responsible for handling the heavy traffic coming from all directions under the Bhumkar Bridge,â said Latika Kunwar, owner of the store.
The Navle Bridge connects the Mumbai-Bangalore highway and a left turn to the service road leads to Katraj, which often witnesses such cases. Abhijeet Shinde, a resident remaining on this highway said: âKatraj has become an accident prone area. Usually, accidents happen mainly for two reasons – one, due to the bursting of a vehicle tire coming from the Bhumkar bridge and secondly, vehicles backing up on the bridge.