PMPML’s Service Woes: Calls for Better Buses Before Monsoon

Pune: Passengers Fed Up with Poor PMPML Service, Demand Better Buses for Monsoon

Passengers in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad are increasingly frustrated with the poor service provided by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). Despite earning substantial daily revenue, including Rs. 1.5 crore from deploying buses for poll duty, the condition of PMPML buses remains dismal. In May alone, over 500 buses broke down, prompting commuters to demand that well-maintained, non-leaking buses be made available before the monsoon season.

Ongoing Issues with PMPML Buses

PMPML operates more than 1,700 buses across Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad, and PMRDA limits. However, frequent breakdowns have plagued the fleet. Between May 6 and May 12, 409 buses broke down, significantly inconveniencing passengers and affecting PMPML’s income as commuters opt for alternative transportation. This situation underscores the necessity for a portion of PMPML’s daily earnings to be allocated to regular bus inspections and maintenance.

Monsoon Woes and Passenger Demands

With the onset of the monsoon season, the situation has worsened. Passengers have reported water leaking inside buses during rains over the past few days. Electric buses are also experiencing frequent breakdowns. Commuters are calling for urgent repairs to these vehicles and insist that leaking buses be taken off the roads during the rainy season to prevent further inconvenience.

During the Lok Sabha election on May 12 and 13, over 950 PMPML buses were deployed for election-related duties, causing significant disruptions for regular passengers. Despite the PMPML administration earning Rs. 57 lakh from this deployment, the average daily breakdown rate remains at around 50 buses, highlighting persistent maintenance issues.

Satish Gavhane, Chief Manager (Transport) of PMPML, stated, “After the polling was over, buses were operated on various routes. Special care was taken to ensure that passengers don’t face any inconvenience.” However, the reality of frequent breakdowns, including incidents during the election where buses carrying ballot boxes malfunctioned, tells a different story.

Call for Immediate Action

The recurring breakdowns and service issues have led passengers to demand immediate improvements. They insist that PMPML ensures the availability of good quality, non-leaking buses, especially before the monsoon season intensifies. The allocation of resources towards regular maintenance and inspections is critical to restoring commuter confidence and improving overall service quality.

As the city braces for more rains, the spotlight is on PMPML to address these pressing concerns and provide a reliable and comfortable transportation service for Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad’s residents.

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