RUB at Pimpri nowhere in sight, Pune citizens continue to face traffic problems

PUNE: The residents of Pimpri and nearby areas continue to face hardships because of the recurring traffic congestion on the busy Indira Gandhi railway over bridge (ROB) as the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has not been able to complete the proposed alternative route as yet.

The ROB is a major link connecting the highway stretch with several residential and commercial areas on the other end. As of now people have to use only the ROB to go cross over from one side to the other.

The civic body had proposed to provide an alternative route by constructing a railway underbridge (RUB) near Pimpri railway station. The roads approaching the underbridge would link the highway to the main commercial and residential hub of Pimpri. The proposal has been pending for over three years now. It was deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar who had laid the foundation stone for the railway underbridge early last year.

Citing reasons for the delay, Shirish Poreddy, spokesperson, engineering department, PCMC said, the town planning department is trying to acquire land from Hindustan Antibiotics Limited (HAL) and other companies to construct the alternative roads that will link the underbridge.

“The underbridge will be built using push box technology in which a concrete box will be created along the railway track which will slowly push down the railway tracks. The civic body has started the construction of the concrete box. This RUB will be 23 metre long and 6.5 metre wide. It will have two lanes. The total cost of the project is Rs 2.5 crore. About 25% of the work is complete. The work of creating the concrete box has been stopped due to the rains. We will complete the remaining work in the next two to three months. Later, the work of pushing this box below the railway tracks will be started after obtaining the permission of the railways,” he said.

For avoiding the traffic on the railway over bridge, motorists use a road near Pimpri military dairy farm. However, the road users have to stop at the level crossing due to passing trains.

According to Poreddy, the civic body proposes to construct a L-shaped flyover at the railway crossing at Military Dairy Farm, Pimpri. ‘We need defence land to construct an approach road for the flyover. In absence of defence land we cannot construct the flyover,’ he said.