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Pune mahanagar parivahan mahamandal limited bus depot to come up at Wagholi

PMRDA accepts public transport’s proposal and will invest around ₹33 crore to build a new depot at Wagholi on four acres

pune Updated: Aug 07, 2018 16:23 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Traffic came to a standstill after a PMPML bus broke down in front of Shaniwarwada on Monday.(SANKET WANKHADE/HT PHOTO)

Considering the shortage of parking space for buses at its depots and terminals, the authorities at Pune mahanagar parivahan mahamandal limited (PMPML) have found a solution by seeking help from the Pune metropolitan region development authority (PMRDA) to develop a depot at Wagholi.

Owing to space crunch, the PMPML in May had requested PMRDA to develop a bus depot for them. The PMRDA has accepted the proposal and will be making an investment of about Rs 33 crore to build a new depot in Wagholi on a four-acre land. Nayana Gunde, chairman and managing director of PMPML, said, “There was a need for a bus depot in Wagholi where the buses could be parked in the night time. Consequently, we had sent a letter to PMRDA requesting their assistance for the depot construction. We are glad that the PMRDA has accepted our request and will construct the depot for the PMPML.”

Subhash Gaikwad, PMPML spokesperson, said, “PMPML has significant number of buses plying on the routes near Wagholi. In the night, often the buses around Wagholi have to return empty which leads to loss of revenue for the department. A new depot at Wagholi will save the operation cost.”

A PMPML official requesting anonymity said, “PMRDA took time to respond on this as it was initially unwilling to construct the depot. Ergo, it had asked the PMPML to provide funds to the PMRDA.”

The PMPML, however, was short of funds which had delayed the process of negotiations, said the official, adding that the PMRDA later accepted the proposal to build the depot using its own funds.

Appreciating the efforts taken by the PMPML and PMRDA, Sanjay Shitole, secretary, PMP Pravasi Manch said, “It is indeed a step to be welcomed. The efforts taken by PMPML officials towards this were much needed steps to improve the conditions of the bus depots.”

They should take it forward in making Wagholi depot as one of the best in the city, added Shitole.

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 16:20 IST