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PMPML leadership change: How transience ruined service

When officers are transferred, their initiatives often die

pune Updated: Feb 09, 2018 14:44 IST
Abhay Khairnar
Abhay Khairnar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The first managing director of PMPML, Subrao Patil, used to award residents who sent him pictures of PMPML buses violating traffic rules in a bid to improve the service.(SANKET WANKHADE/HT PHOTO)

Almost 15 IAS officers have served in the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) in the past 11 years but once the officer is transferred, most of their initiatives are ignored by their successors.

PMPML was created following a merger between the Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) and Pimpri-Chichwad Municipal Transport (PCMT). Though the body came into existence in 2007, till date, only one officer has been able to complete his three-year tenure as others were transferred or themselves applied for a transfer over various reasons.

PMP Pravasi Manch’s founder, Jugal Rathi, said that some of the officers tried their best to improve the functioning of the transport utility. Rathi said, “Officers like Patil and Shirkar Pardeshi worked only for a short time in the utility service but gave good results. The irony is that whatever good practices these officers followed, which gave good results, were completely abandoned by their successors.”

Some of the officers tried really hard and put in a lot of effort to improve the functioning of the utility, said Rathi. The first chairman and managing director of PMPML, Subrao Patil, initiated many schemes that increased the morale of the organisation as a whole.

By keeping faith in PMPML employees, Patil improved the service by offering commuters an effective public transport service. Even during the launch, he had initiated various schemes for the benefit of the staff in order to improve their morale. Patil ensured that PMPML buses do not stop on zebra crossings and violate traffic signals. He used to award residents who sent him pictures of PMPML buses violating traffic rules in a bid to improve the service. Later, most of his initiatives were neglected.

Other activists, however, said that in most cases, officials were not willing to join public utilities such as PMPML. “Since most transfers at PMPML have been forceful, those in-charge of the affairs are not interested in taking forward the good traditions,” said Maj Gen SCN Jatar, Nagrik Chetna Manch founder member.

Some IAS officers, like Mahesh Pathak and Kunal Kumar, also put in a lot of their time to help PMPML. They also helped the PMPML in acquiring land from both the Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation. Even as a municipal commissioner, both the officers helped in arranging financial help for the bus transport service.

Pardeshi’s tenure remained remarkable in the history of PMPML. Within a few months, he made many changes in the utility service. Pardeshi himself approached the Pune Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporations and remained present in the general body meetings and answered all the questions raised by elected members. It helped him in getting political support. Pardeshi was also known for taking stringent action against some employees.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 14:44 IST