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Speed-breakers needed in front of housing societies in Yerwada

The road stretch on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway at Shastri Nagar-Kalyani Nagar intersection near MSEDCL Nagar Road Sub-Division Office has high density, two-way traffic. This is one of the roads leading to Shastri Nagar Colony, Maharashtra Housing Board (MHB) Colony, Park Island Residential Complex, Tridal Nagar Cooperative Housing Society (CHS) and Hermes Homes CHS and Hermes Heritage II & III CHS.

Hermes Homes CHS comprises bungalows and Hermes Heritage II & III CHS has about 60 row houses and over 1,100 residential flats in 46 multi-storey buildings. The total residents in the society may exceed 6,000. On one side of the road, between these two cooperative societies, a multi-storey building to house Sahyadri Hospital, Nagar Road, is nearing completion and may start functioning by April 2013. Once this hospital starts functioning, the traffic on this road will, without any doubt, increase manifolds. On the other side of the Hermes Heritage II&III CHS is a huge commercial building with a banquet hall. The area also has a commercial block with a number of shops, which contribute to the increasing vehicular traffic. Exactly opposite this commercial block is an upcoming residential complex. Though work on the project was suspended last year, once it resumes and the project is completed, the volume of traffic on this road would increase further.

Besides, most residents in the Hermes Heritage II & III CHS own either two or four wheelers, the total number of which may exceed 6,000, and there is a considerable movement of autorickshaws, cabs, vehicles of visitors to the colony and school buses.

There are chances of accidents by speeding vehicles. Freak accidents on this stretch go unreported.

Close to the "Out" gate of Hermes Heritage II & III CHS and near 'N' block of Shastri Nagar Colony, there is a T junction which is prone to accidents at night in the absence of powerful streetlights. The road is used by a a large number of motorists. During peak hours, the two-way traffic is quite frightening.

Owing to the rise in traffic volumes, the need for two speedbreakers near Hermes Heritage II & III CHS is being felt. Besides, there is a need to provide blinkers or other appropriate road signages at suitable points to caution motorists coming from both sides. The existing streetlights on this road are totally ineffective and need to be augmented to avoid road accidents, particularly at night.

R NAMBIAR

F-4 (22-23), Hermes Heritage II & III CHS Ltd.,

Shastri Nagar, Yerwada, Pune-411 006.

An unfortunate lack of sensitivity

It is indeed sad to observe that the Army Chief became concerned about the barbaric torturous killing of an Indian officer by Pakistani soldiers only after Kargil martyr Capt Saurabh Kalia's father approached the Supreme Court for justice. This young officer was captured by Pakistan during the Indo-Pak conflict of 1999. He was subjected to brutal torture for two weeks and his mutilated body was returned to India after 15 days of his capture — a gross violation of Geneva Convention by Pakistan. The hapless Kalia family was made to run from pillar to post through the corridors of power in the Indian government for 13 years. It is also relevant to probe as to what actions have been initiated by the commanding office/formation commander of Capt Kalia in taking up the matter at an appropriate level.

This simply indicate an unfortunate lack of sensitivity on part of both our political and military leaders towards the Indian soldiers who have made supreme sacrifice for the safety of India. Our military leaders and the government should not have waited for 13 years to express their concern for the humiliation and mental agony of the family of an Indian soldier who had given up his life defending the motherland. Can this country ever hope that our selfish leaders will show any willingness to defend the honour of our soldiers?

Major (Retd) Mathew Oommen

104 Alstonia; Nyati Estate

Pune-411060

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