Nagpur: Taking various issues to make Nagpur city further smart and in order to keep city’s roads more safe, a delegation of Vidarbha Taxpayers Association (VTA) led by its president J. P. Sharma met municipal commissioner Shravan Hardikar and submitted memorandum of the issues with recommendations and also discussed the topics in length. Traffic Engineer NMC Mahesh Gupta was also present in the discussion.
J. P. Sharma said that in past few months many of the city roads are being made of cement concrete which is good as it has more life; however we believe that most likely in order to complete more length of roads and more number of roads, NMC engineers are unable to devote much time on individual inspection of road finishing, thereby we find lot of difference in ride quality as compared cement concrete roads made almost 10-12 years back.
VTA requested that appropriate directions should be issued so that NMC Engineers are made more responsible and accountable in case of inferior quality roads are reported later; including debarring of such contractor for delivering sub-standard finish and product.
Tejinder Singh Renu secretary of VTA also suggested that cement roads with potential traffic should be minimum 4-5 meters wide one side. With few 3 meters wide roads and due to paver blocks on the sides, the ride on them becomes slightly rough as compared to cement road, thereby all two wheelers, including cyclists ride on cement road thereby congesting road for a car to take pass and slowing down the traffic, thereby causing multiple honking and chances of accidents.
VTA also pointed out that with city getting populated with citizens and vehicles, our roads are getting congested at alarming rate and these roads get further chocked when full size passenger luxury buses of make like Volvo and similar ply on city roads. Moreover these bus operators have multiple drop and pickup points in city situated on main roads; admittedly such facility makes it very convenient for passengers, but cause much inconvenience to commuters on roads.
VTA suggested that with city growing manifolds in few years due to fabulous efforts and work being carried by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, which equally strongly supported by NMC; population on road is bound to grow and under such circumstances and taking into consideration future needs of the city, it’s highly recommended that we plan adequate sized Bus Depot with all requisite facilities including ample parking be planned on Outer Ring Road or any 1 highway so that such private and luxury buses avoid entering city in few years. Moreover we should not charge its capital expenditure other than annual maintenance on such Private Bus Operators, who should be allowed to operate from city till this new facility, is ready.
Renu also requested Municipal Commissioner that VTA has been continuously submitting before appropriate authority that traffic planning of Jai Stambh Square is required to be done on most priority basis since in few years that square will me the most chaotic one as even now it gets traffic jammed many times despite being manned by traffic policemen.
Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar assured VTA that he will look into the matter personally and also agreed that at least two bus depots on two sides of the city will be required in time ahead. Present in the meeting were Hemant Trivedi – joint secretary; executive body member Amarjeet Singh Chawla, Saqib Parekh and Rajesh Kanoongo.