Construction of a flyover and heavy rain creates chaos near Savitribai Phule Pune University

Pune, June 7, 2024: Heavy rains, potholes and continuous construction of flyovers caused massive traffic jam on Ganeshkhind Road from morning to afternoon. The rain prompted many citizens to use their four-wheelers, exacerbating traffic congestion and hampering commuters during their morning commutes.

The multi-storey flyover, metro project and road widening work on Ganeshkhind Road have already complicated traffic flow. Traffic from Aundh and Baner towards Pune has been diverted via VAMNICOM, Range Hills and back to Agriculture College, increasing the burden on drivers. Moreover, the gantry beam work for the flyover ramp at Savitribai Phule Pune University Chowk began on Friday, further narrowing the road and restricting the movement of vehicles.

The morning rain worsened road conditions, causing potholes and drain covers to be opened, making driving dangerous. Traffic slowed down significantly and internal roads became congested along with the main road.

As the rain continued, more citizens opted for four-wheelers instead of two-wheelers, increasing traffic congestion. The combination of potholes and open drainage covers made the roads dangerous for motorists.

Traffic on Ganeshkhind Road, Senapati Bapat Road, Aundh Road, Baner Road and two internal roads of the university slowed down significantly. Vehicle queues stretched for one to two kilometers on University Road, causing significant delays for citizens commuting to work.

A citizen commented, “The police and the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) should reduce or stop development work during monsoon when traffic increases. How much more are you going to inconvenience the citizens?”

Shafique Pathan, police inspector of Chaturshringi Traffic Department, explained, “The necessary gantry work for the flyover ramp is underway at the plaza near Savitribai Phule Pune University. This has made the road narrow. There were potholes in the road and a large number of four-wheelers caused the traffic jam. After noon the traffic cleared up again.”

Overall, the combination of ongoing construction, adverse weather conditions and increased vehicle traffic has created significant challenges for commuters, highlighting the need for better planning and coordination during peak traffic periods and inclement weather.