Pipeline burst chokes traffic in heart of city

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A water pipeline burst near S G Barve square on Shivaji Road resulting in a few cave-ins that led to massive jams on several arterial roads in the heart of the city on Friday.

Police diverted traffic on the busy stretch from Barve Square to Simla Office resulting in slowing down of traffic on adjoining roads as well.

The jams were huge from morning to the afternoon and eased towards evening. Traffic remained sluggish on nearby roads till late night Friday. The movement of PMPML buses was affected with severe delays and several cancellations.

The ongoing work of the Grade Separator a few metres from the site of the burst pipe at the Barve Square had also narrowed down the busy stretch. PMC officials said the pipeline burst had nothing to do with the grade separator work.

Shivaji Road, Jangli Maharaj Road, Fergusson College Road, Ganeshkhind Road, and Motilal Kennedy Road were choked between 10.30 am and 2 pm. "Vehicular movement on all roads in a radius of 1.5 to 2 km was badly hit, the worst affected being Shivaji Road, Kennedy Road and J M Road," said Deputy Commissioner of Police Vishwas Pandhare.

As a cascading effect, traffic slowed down considerably on the Pune-Mumbai Highway stretch from Wakdewadi to the College of Engineering, Pune.

Pandhare said traffic police turned off traffic signals on the affected roads and traffic department personnel manually regulated traffic to bring some order. "The pipeline near Shivajinagar Post Office burst on Thursday night resulting in flooding of the road. In the morning the road caved in at several spots forcing us to stop vehicular movement on the stretch and divert traffic to other roads," said Pandhare adding that the problem was multiplied due to the grade separator work that had narrowed down the otherwise wide road.

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