Pune: The small bridge located near Sanskriti School in Undri, the place where 31-year-old food delivery executive Sanjay Kumar Yadav went missing on Monday night, is one of the unsafe bridges in the city with railings on both sides broken and in. in need of repairs since the last five years.
A visit at the time found that the bridge was built at a lower level and was prone to the risk of flooding during heavy rain. Residents warned the authorities about the dangerous stretch during the 2019 flash flood when the structure was submerged in floodwaters.
The bridge is the main link to Ysgol yr Esgob, Ysgol Sanskriti and other educational institutions. Many huge residential townships have come up near the bridge making the stretch an important link road to Mohammadwadi, Undri and NIBM Road.
Rajendra Bhintade, who had petitioned the Pune municipal commissioner in 2021 to highlight the issue of nullah flooding near Sanskriti School, said, “The width of nullah has been reduced due to illegal construction and it has affected the natural course of the water body. Authorities should take steps to avoid a flood situation similar to Ambil Odha in 2019 here.”
Bhintade said the height of the bridge should be increased, railings installed and a flood alarm system installed.
“Action should be taken against municipal officials and builders for reducing nullah width and putting residents’ lives at risk,” said Bhintade.
Tara Singh, president of Anandvan Parisar Residents Forum said, “Mohammadwadi-Undri-Pisoli areas are facing problems like bad roads and lack of public infrastructure. There are reports of builders dumping construction debris in a nullah.”
The ward officer, Jyoti Dhotre, said, “We had informed the road department and the drainage department about safety issues related to the bridge which includes rails and reflectors.”
PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.