Mundhe’s PMPML stint ends
Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) chairman and managing director Tukaram Mundhe is posted as Nashik civic chiefpune Updated: Feb 08, 2018 16:50 IST
Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) chairman and managing director Tukaram Mundhe has been transferred and posted as Nashik municipal commissioner on Wednesday before completing his tenure of three years.
Naina Gunde, a 2008 batch IAS officer has been appointed as new CMD of PMPML.
Except one officer, no other IAS officer has completed their full tenure in PMPML. The state government is yet to announce the officer who will head PMPML after Mundhe’s transfer.
Mundhe, known in the administrative circles as a strict officer, attracted opposition from political parties in Pune. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was also unhappy with his functioning as he rejected political interference in the public transport service.
As Mundhe increased the fare for senior citizen and student pass, even civic activists criticised his move. BJP took advantage of the opposition to Mundhe’s style of functioning from political leaders and civic activists to seek his transfer. During his small tenure of hardly one year, Mundhe took various decisions to improve the functioning of the public utility.
Mundhe suspended many officers and employees found guilty of not doing their duty or not attending offices. He even collected fines from contractors who flouted norms. Mundhe tried to improve the maintenance of buses to keep maximum number of buses on roads.
Additional municipal commissioner transferred
Pune additional municipal commissioner Prerana Deshbhrathar was transferred on Wednesday as deputy secretary in social justice department. Deshbhrathar tried to improve the tendering process and was one of the key officers to raise flag over the inflated estimated cost in the 24x7 water project. There was talk among political and administrative circles that there is a cold war between municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar and her.