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Pune transport utility’s internal team decides to scrap its 12-year-old buses

PMPML internal team found that majority of buses that breakdown were 12 years old and older

pune Updated: Jul 31, 2018 17:23 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
PMPML officials said that many old buses face regular breakdowns despite undergoing regular maintenance.
PMPML officials said that many old buses face regular breakdowns despite undergoing regular maintenance. (HT FILE PHOTO)

Taking cognisance of the frequent breakdowns, the public transport utility Pune mahanagar parivahan mahamandal limited (PMPML) has decided to scrap buses bought 12 years ago.

Dattatray Mane, PMPML transport manager said, “Recently, PMPML faced a major setback with the breakdown of over 400 buses which caused major inconvenience to the residents. Post the breakdowns, the internal team of PMPML scrutinised the issue and found that majority of these faulty buses were bought 12 years ago and before that.” 

According to Mane, these buses are in an extremely bad shape and are beyond maintenance.

He said, “The pre-monsoon maintenance work of the buses had been done but they broke down. It has become evident that these buses need to be scrapped to avoid inconvenience to passengers.”

According to officials, there are a total of 32 buses bought 12 years before which are plying on the city roads, apart from 30 more which are 15 years older.

A senior official from PMPML engineering department requesting anonymity said, “Although PMPML is committed to stop operating the old buses, it is not possible to implement the decision immediately because it will affect the fleet capacity.” 

He added, “Immediately shutting down operations of the old buses will add to the existing burden on PMPML. These buses can only be put off the roads once the new buses start coming in.” 

Out of the total of 2,093 buses, PMPML owns 1,440, while 653 buses are provided by private contractors. All the buses that will be scrapped by PMPML are owned by them.

PMPML may not slap Rs 39 lakh fine on Tata Motors

The Pune mahanagar parivahan mahamandal limited (PMPML) had imposed a fine of Rs 39 lakh on Tata Motors Ltd for the failure of intelligent transport management system (ITMS) in the newly-inducted midi-buses. The authorities are, however, reconsidering the decision.

Nayana Gunde, chairman and managing director, PMPML said, “The basic intent of imposing fine on Tata Motors was not revenue generation. It was aimed at creating a sense of discipline. We want them to fix the problem of failure of ITMS systems installed in the midi-buses.” PMPML has so far procured over 120 midi-buses from Tata Motors Ltd, out of the total 200 buses purchased from the company. The Tata Motors Ltd have started work on setting the ITMS systems right. Gunde said that at one point they were considering cancellation of fine on the company but no final decision has been taken so far.

According to Gunde, PMPML has not paid Tata Motors the entire price for the purchase of the buses. She said, “If the Tata Motors do not comply with the instruction given by us, we will deduct the penalty amount from the total payment.”

ITMS is an in-bus surveillance system along with GPS-based vehicle tracking systems, where realtime tracking of all moving buses for operations control, arrival and departure information and disaster management can be done.

First Published: Jul 31, 2018 17:21 IST

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