February 23, 2015 4:07:33 am
After it failed to evoke a positive response from road users, the Pune Traffic Police has discontinued with the experiment of allowing two-way traffic on JM Road on Sundays.
On February 8, the traffic police started the experiment on the stretch between Natraj Chowk and Jhansi Ki Rani Chowk from Saturday, 10 pm to Monday, 6 am.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Rajendra Joshi said the decision to discontinue with the plan was taken after the experiment did not evoke a positive response.
“The decision to allow two-way traffic on Sundays was taken as we wanted to move the traffic flow coming from Apte Road and FC Road towards Pune Municipal Corporation through JM Road as people have to take a long route otherwise. But on the two weeks that we implemented the plan, the response was not encouraging,” said Joshi.
Since August 2009, the entire JM Road, an important arterial road of the city, has been a one-way stretch, along with the Fergusson College (FC) Road, another parallel arterial road connecting Deccan Gymkhana to Shivajinagar.
Low awareness and absence of signages on the stretch were blamed for under-utilisation of the two-way road.
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