Friday, January 11, 2008

Traffic police department slams Pune Municipal Corporation on road works

In view of the haphazard digging of roads going on all over the city, the traffic police department has shot off a letter to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), urging it to prepare a ‘calendar' of the works to be taken up during the year.

Assistant commissioner of police (traffic), Suresh Bhoomkar, said, "The PMC has been asked to co-ordinate with other agencies like MSEB, BSNL and the PWD and prepare a list of the roads where development works are likely to be carried out during the year."
-The Times of India

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Wake up to environmental regulation

The small man’s dream vehicle – the inflation-protected Rs 1 lakh car — has the potential to land millions of more vehicles on our roads, but without corresponding improvement in road infrastructure, traffic congestion and the resultant pollution could only get worse.

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Railways to smarten up the basic infrastructure at Pune station

Railway officials here have said they plan to spend Rs 5 crore for sprucing up the Pune station in the coming financial year, an increase from Rs 1 crore allotted for 2007-08.

While Pune railway station is among the 22 stations that the Central Railway has proposed to upgrade to “world class facilities,” the planning is still to begin.

The tendering process for the flooring work on platforms 2, 3 and 6 should be over in three months.

The flooring on platforms 1, 7 and 4, 5 will also be completed.

Retiring rooms and toilets will be improved.
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Rs 5 crore to spruce up Pune station

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Pune traffic police meet non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to discuss traffic planning and management

In a novel initiative to facilitate smooth and efficient functioning, the city traffic police have trifurcated its work under three divisions — engineering, education and enforcement to be headed by three assistant commissioners of police (ACP).

The ACPs will also co-ordinate with interested non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for traffic planning in the city.

Around 10 issues of traffic engineering, 7 to 8 issues of traffic education and 10 issues related to traffic enforcement were discussed during the meeting.

NGOs such as Parisar, Nagrik Chetna Manch, Kumari Rajshri Parmar memorial foundation, Sajag Nagrik Manch, Nirdhar, Rotary, Lions groups and several others participated in the meeting.

Representatives from municipal corporations of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, Khadki Cantonment Board, Pune mahanagar parivahan mahamandal limited (PMPML), Maharashtra state road transport corporation (MSRTC) and regional transport office (RTO) were also present during the meeting.
-The Times of India

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Driving a car in Pune would be more difficult if things go according to the Pune Municipal Corporation's City Improvement Committee's parking policy!

Because once you drive out of the showroom of a car dealership you can not park your car anywhere in the Pune city except in your reserved car parking space at home.

Have a look at the draft parking policy approved by the city improvement committee (CIC) of Pune Municipal Corporation:

Information Technology (IT) offices: 5 cars, 12 two-wheelers and 5 cycles per 200 sq mt area

Malls: 4 cars, 12 scooters and 4 cycles per 100 sq mt carpet area

Theatre Multiplexes, Cinema-houses and Concert Halls: 6 cars and 20 two-wheelers per 40 seats

Marriage and community halls: 5 cars, 20 scooters and 8 cycles per 100 sq mt

Colleges: will have to increase it by 50 per cent

Government offices and Malls : will have to double theirs

Coaching classes, tuition and hobby classes: 5 two-wheelers and 10 cycles

Residential complexes where each tenement has a carpet area of 150 square metre and above, will have to increase the space for vehicles from 2 cars to 3 cars and 2 scooters to 4 scooters.

Tenements with 80 to 150 square metre area will have to increase their capacity from 1 car to 2 cars, and 2 scooters to 3 scooters.

Moral of a story: Keep your car parked in your reserved car park at home and cycle to work and cycle to shopping mall!
-The Times of India

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Fix reflective tapes on the rear ends of vehicles to achieve the vehicle's visibility during night time

Including bullock carts and cycles
District collector Prabhakar Deshmukh has set a deadline for the Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) for fixing reflective tapes fitted on all vehicles under its jurisdiction in 2008.

According to Deshmukh, a large number of accidents on highways take place after a speeding vehicle rams into a standing ones.

In the last one year, the RTO fixed the reflective tapes on 25,211 rickshaws and 21,992 goods and passenger vehicles. They have also managed to do so on 862 public transport buses, 1092 tankers of Indian Oil Corporation, over 300 bullock carts of government's co-operatives sugar mills.

I have reflective tapes on the mudguard of my cycle's rear wheel. My mechanic is insisting on fixing it all over my cycle, including me. He is very much worried about my cycling on Pune's roads. He believes it's 'risky'!
-The Times of India

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