Pune: There are short drives to little used open pathways in Kondhwa.

Pune Municipal Corporation has started to ban street vendors blocking footpaths . Residents say the city should also take action against larger obstructions .

PUNE: If the roads are for everyone, why do pedestrians feel so marginalized and anxious?Citizens from the Kondhwa region who want free access to pavements say that the Pune Municipal Corporation must carry out long drives to combat any form of interference.The PMC has started to ban streetside vendors that are blocking footpaths in Kondhwa, NIBM Road, and the surrounding areas in small amounts.Locals said that municipal authorities should guard against larger obstructions that pose more problems to pedestrians.

Officials from the PMC claim that a staff shortage prevents intervention at the same sites.These drives cover a 72-square-kilometer area, with only one anti-encroachment inspector and ten technicians.According to Hadapsar ward officer Prasad Katkar, the city administration is taking steps against hawkers, but the action against the side and front margins requires coordination with the building permissions department.More drives are planned for larger unauthorised demolitions and encroachments are planned.

They have collected signatures and sent a note to the municipal body urging them to intervene against hawkers at Samvidhan Chowk, but commercial operations are still ongoing.On the NIBM-Salunke Vihar link road, yoga teacher Vernon Fernandes said, When can we make our footpaths free of obstacles?Two-wheeler parking on pavements also makes pedestrians impossible to travel.Residents of the village of Durban have contacted a local activist to look at their allegations.