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Pune transport body makes Rs.4.91 cr through bus services during Ganesh Festival

The transport body also collected ₹2.38 lakh as fine from commuters during the festival season. The fine was collected from commuters travelling without ticket

pune Updated: Sep 11, 2017 23:39 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Procession of Guruji Talim Ganpati in Pune.
Procession of Guruji Talim Ganpati in Pune. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has reportedly collected Rs.4.91 crore through the bus service provided during the recently concluded 10-day Ganesh Festival. The public transport body’s overall revenue this year during the festival was Rs.1.60 higher than the previous year's earnings during the same period.

 According to senior PMPML officials, the transport body also collected Rs.2.38 lakh as fine from commuters during the festival season. The fine was collected from commuters travelling without ticket.  

Officials sad, PMPML had released 649 more buses for Ganesh Festival from August 25 to September 5. The transport body operated its services during night hours too. Also, considering the route changes during Ganesh Festival, PMPL had created two new routes for Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad.

This year, there were 27 buses more on the routes than last year. Last year, during the Ganesh Festival period, PMPL got a revenue of Rs.3.13 crore. 

The PMPML charged Rs.5 extra from the commuters travelling during the night. Also, no concession pass was accepted for the night travel during the Ganesh Festival.

In four months, after Tukaram Mundhe took over as the head of transport body, the PMPML has seen many changes; the most prominent among them being the rate of breakdown of buses that came down from 300 every day to 60. In March, around 1,250 buses used to ply daily carrying seven lakh commuters. By August, 155 buses ply on roads daily and 11 lakh people commute in these buses, said PMPML administration.