City anchor: End to traffic nightmare in sight at Hinjewadi
The ever chaotic traffic situation at Hinjewadi is likely to ease with the PMPML all set to come up with a bus depot to check the problem. The move aims to ensure no traffic problem arises out of buses halting or being parked at the main junction. The agency also hopes to increase frequency of the buses.
The traffic problem at Hinjewadi has been the main issue of the area as thousands of citizens daily travel to the Information Technology (IT) Park for work.
The lack of an efficient public transport system had forced many IT companies to start their own bus or cab service for employees.
Many of the employees are also forced to use private vehicles to travel to office.
As a result, the PMPML buses halting at the main junction and the fleet of buses of various IT companies, along with the rush of private vehicles, have been leading to frequent traffic jams in the area.
"The issue of traffic jam and poor public transport system have been under discussion at various level. The PMPML was also part of the discussion to resolve the issue," said Prashant Jagtap, Chairman and Managing Director, PMPML.
Stating that the PMPML has been able to take steps to ease the situation, he said: "The PMPML's demand for land to set up a depot has been accepted by MIDC. We will have to pay Rs 58 lakh to MIDC for a 1.25-acre land on a lease of 90 years."
Jagtap said the availability of land for the PMPML depot was going to help in a big way as buses would not halt or be parked on the road or at the junction.
He said Hinjewadi was a profitable route with buses going to and coming from there always running to their full capacity.