Time, Tension and Traffic- Is this Balewadi Phata?

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“Balewadi Phata” is a 3-way congested traffic triangle which is situated in front of ‘Salt Kitch N Bar’ (Restaurant), near ‘The Orchid School’.Pedestrians finds it hazardous even in the best of the times. Even the vehicles find it’s tricky to negotiate the different routes. The traffic signal causes a fair deal of confusion to the traffic approaching from the Baner - Balewadi side.

We spoke to some of the people who are frequent users of this chowk, here are some of their comments:

Mrs. Sapna Chaudhary: “The situation gets very bad in peak hours of the day.”

Dr. Ashish Deshmukh: “While turning left from Baner road the congestion is very hectic.”

Mr. Aniket Shah: “The situation is horrible in the morning.”

The first step towards improving anything is to identify the problems.


  • The Baner- Balewadi road has become constricted because of the road- side stalls and the parking lots provided for the 2- wheelers.
  • This slows down the traffic-specially trucks and buses-considerably .


  • Pedestrians crossing the chowk are vulnerable. 
  • There is not enough space on the divider to rest while crossing the road.


  • The traffic lights are in multiple locations, which makes it difficult for people to follow them.

A few solutions we came up with to try and improve the grave condition of this area include:


  • The road- side stalls and the parking lots on the sides of the road should be removed.
  • Parking can be moved to the underground parking area, available with  the salt building. Alternatively, it may be relocated to the parking lot located a few metres ahead.
  • This will provide enough space to build a divider, which would help  the traffic flow.


  • There should be separate space in the middle of the road for the people to rest--- while crossing.


  • The traffic lights should have timers which will reduce accidents and save energy.
  • All the traffic lights should be placed on a single pillar in the middle of the road which will help in reducing confusion.

Sign our petition to support and see a change in Balewadi Phata.

To know more about our petition feel free to contact us at:

animesh.sharma 1109@gmail.com



Keshav.kansal 2000@gmail.com


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