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swargate: 45 Minutes To Cross 200m Near Swargate Bus Stand | Pune News

PUNE: Traffic chaos between Dhobi ghat and the Swargate bus terminus on Shankarseth Road has become a daily ordeal for commuters, who said the snarl on Monday evening – when several vehicles crawled along the stretch – should be an eye-opener for the authorities to make some changes for ensuing smooth flow of vehicles.
A major cause of the snarls is the state transport buses coming from Satara road and turning right, either along the Swargate flyover or the road underneath to reach the Vega centre point for a U-turn and move into the busy terminus. The buses often queue up for a U-turn and end up blocking the access to the underpass that provides a drive through access to Sarasbaug. This blocks traffic for a long duration, sometimes for over 30 minutes. It causes a ripple effect on the vehicular movement along the other lanes.

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The ripple effect of this was felt from 4pm to 4.30pm on Monday, all the way up to the Dhobi ghat from Swargate. Vehicles crawled to take the Shankarseth Road flyover. However, several vehicles failed to proceed much over the flyover, took a U-turn from its middle and came all the way down in the wrong direction. The vehicles then took a right turn to take the road below the flyover towards Seven Loves Chowk, from where many of the motorists took a detour through Nana Path for their onward journey.
Swanand Kadam, a software engineer from Sinhagad Road, said, “I work in Kharadi and use Shankarseth Road. Both the ST and PMPML buses cause the snarls, especially on the stretch between Wega Centre and Swargate Chowk. It’s a nightmare.”
City-based activist and PMP Pravasi Manch president Jugal Rathi said, “I will not blame Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) for the chaos at Swargate. There is an infrastructure issue. Where is the space for the vehicles, small or heavy, along that stretch? The problem will be solved only after an infrastructure-based solution is derived for the entire area.”
Deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Rahul Shrirame said, “The issue has been discussed with MSRTC officials. We have written a letter to them to allow a separate entry and exit of the buses at the depot. Only a narrow stretch of the road is available after the grade separator. But it remains occupied by MSRTC buses. If two or three buses get lined up during peak traffic hours, it throws the vehicular moment out of gear.”
He added, “The Swargate ST depot has two entry and exit points. One of the entry/exit points is located on Pune-Satara road. The other one is on the Shankarseth road. We have urged MSRTC to keep one point for the buses to enter the depot and another to exit. If the buses enter or exit the facility from both points, the chaos is inevitable. We will again discuss the issue with them.”
An official associated with the MSRTC’s Pune division, said, “We have taken steps to reduce the problems on Shankarsheth Road. The Swargate depot has two gates now, one for exit and the other for entry. Guards have been placed on the exit gate to ensure that bus movement is coordinated. Inside the bus stand, extra space has been created for parking.”
He said, “Problems occur at times when the traffic signals at the main roundabout of the road do not work properly. The police had written to us and we have taken corrective steps. The steps are frequently reviewed also.”

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