Pune being the shelter for diaspora’s, the city always needs to keep an eye on its transportation facility and ways to curb down it. To tackle with the regular transportation problem, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has announced to purchase 800 regular new buses to increase their fleet, while the purchase of 550 AC buses has been put on hold for now.
Siddarth Shirole, newly elected corporator and director of PMPML had put forward the proposal for purchase of these regular buses to CMD, Tukaram Mundhe. Shirole and other PMPML officials are working on the bus bay space with Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS).
Talking more about this proposal Shirole told,
Since I have taken charge, in my first meeting with Mundhe, he and I discussed increasing the fleet by purchasing 800 regular buses, at least initially. To bring the PMPML to a position of at least breaking even, we should increase the number of buses so that passengers can get better frequency across Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. In the next board of directors meeting, I will be putting up this proposal for purchase. In the next phase, we will go for the purchase of 550 AC buses.
He further added,
Another important thing we are working on is to get proper bus bay space on the BRTS corridors on the Nagar Road and Vishrantwadi routes. There are several complaints about mismanagement of buses on the BRTS corridors, so if dedicated space is given to the bus bays, operations can go smoothly.
Currently, PMPML’s existing fleet has around 1,400 buses, ferrying around 10 lakh passengers across Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad every day.
PMP, Pravasi Manch with director Vivek Velankar said,
There is an urgent need to get more buses on the road, especially during peak hours. Commuters often have to wait for hours to get seats in buses. Also, the breakdown percentage will go down if new buses of better quality are added to the fleet.
Information source: punemirror
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