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PMPML to start operations of Tejaswini buses for all day along

Currently, Tejaswini buses operated only for four hours in the day in the morning and afternoon respectively. However, with the new schedule, the buses will start its operations at 7 am in the morning and will ply till 10 pm.

pune Updated: Aug 07, 2018 16:50 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The public transport utility had launched the midi-buses for women as part of its ‘Tejaswini’ fleet, which operated only in the morning and evening, on International Women’s Day (March 8). (HT FILE PHOTO)

The Pune mahanagar parivahan mahamandal limited (PMPML) operated Tejaswini midi-buses exclusively for women will now ply on the city roads for the entire day. The public transport utility had launched the midi-buses for women as part of its ‘Tejaswini’ fleet, which operated only in the morning and evening, on International Women’s Day (March 8).

The authorities have now decided to operate the fleet for the entire day.

Subhash Gaikwad, PMPML official spokesperson said, “Considering the tremendous response from the women passengers in the city, we have decided that the Tejaswini buses will now ply on the roads for the entire day with only one hour break in the afternoon.”

Currently, Tejaswini buses operated only for four hours in the day in the morning and afternoon respectively. However, with the new schedule, the buses will start its operations at 7 am in the morning and will ply till 10 pm.

Tejaswini buses ply on eight different routes in the city which includes Hadapsar to Warje Malvadi, Pune municipal corporation head office to Lohegaon, Kothrud depot to Katraj, Katraj to Shivajinagar station, Nigdi to Hinjewadi phase 3, Katraj to Maharashtra housing board, Bhosari to PMC head office and Bhekrainagar to PMC head office.

Gaikwad said, “We often received requests from women citizens asking to increase the frequency of these buses. As women citizens prefer only Tejaswini buses, this will also reduce the pressure on other buses.”

Misbah Sheikh, a resident of Kothrud said, “The PMPML’s decision has to be welcomed indeed. The women-only buses are very comfortable for us as well. Often I come across passengers who wait for the Tejaswini buses and avoid travelling in regular buses.”

However, with the PMPML’s latest facility, the inconvenience will be mitigated in a huge way, added Sheikh.

First Published: Aug 07, 2018 16:47 IST