Posted On Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 08:49:33 AM
Just weeks after the Grade Separator was thrown open for traffic near Sancheti Hospital, trucks travelling towards Mumbai are using it to take a shortcut towards their destination.
Throwing all caution to wind, drivers were seen entering the grade separator from the Kamgar Putla end — which actually is the exit — after midnight, posing risk to all vehicles coming from the opposite end.
|The police team intercepted four goods-laden trucks and two cars
for entering a no-entry zone
On receiving several complaints about this violation, the traffic police carried out a four-hour drive to nab the offending drivers late on Thursday night which concluding at around 2 am on Friday.
The team led by police inspector Neelam Jadhav intercepted four goods-laden trucks and two cars for entering a no-entry zone and imposed a fine of Rs 600 each on the drivers.
Speaking to Mirror, Jadhav said, “We were forced to take immediate action after we received these complaints. The six drivers whom we fined had entered the grade separator from the Kamgar Putla end and were travelling towards the Shimla Office chowk, which is one-way and no vehicle heading toward the University Circle is allowed entry on this route.”
“The offenders were endangering the lives of other motorists using the grade separator while moving towards the Pune railway station. There is always a possibility of a head-on collision if the heavy vehicles keep violating the no-entry rule by entering the grade separator,” Jadhav added.
As a matter of precaution, even as this drive was in process, a police team was stationed in front of the Shivajinagar court to caution the drivers who were attempting to drive into the grade separator. They were sent back to avoid accidents.
“Our drive has not ended. We intend to deploy a team of traffic constables every alternate night to avert accidents at this spot. We will continue to prosecute the offenders,” warned Jadhav.
► The offenders were endangering the lives of other motorists... there is always a possibility of a head-on collision if heavy vehicles violate the no-entry rule
- Neelam Jadhav, Police inspector