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Your space: Pune mahanagar parivahan mahamandal limited needs a complete overhaul

TOPIC OF THE WEEK Is PMPML a tragic case of government apathy. Can Pune survive and thrive with a public transport system that is so poor? What is the way forward? Here is what our readers have to say

pune Updated: Sep 02, 2018 17:58 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
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More than 50 per cent of PMPML buses have been in use for more than 8 years. (HT File Photo)

Pune mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has always been receiving a step-motherly treatment for several years by all parties who were ruling Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). I cannot blame Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) too much as they came into the picture much later and I am not sure how much say they have in PMPML.

There is also the major issue of our elected government at Mantralaya who refuse to provide a long term capable head to steer PMPML. Looking into the history of PMPML, you will find no chairman and managing director (CMD) has lasted beyond two years. The officers who get posted as the head of PMPML too consider it as a punishment. I am sure they start lobbying getting out of PMPML no sooner they realise what a mess it is to run the organisation. The officers and staff of PMPML too have their jobs secure, (it has been so since its inception) so why perform. At the end, there is also corruption to be dealt with.

The policies set by the elected leaders, lack of clear foresight, lack of pride that public transport needs to be the lifeline of the city also has contributed to PMPML never becoming efficient. Faulty implementation of bus purchases, spares rolling stocks, no prioritisation to provide land for bus depots, maintenance bays and parking space also adds to the miseries. No route rationalisation, no standardisation, absence of feeder routes in all localities, poor Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS), poorly maintained buses, no control on contractors providing buses, we can go on and on.

With Pune Metro reaching out to all corners of the city over the next three to five years, if we do not have a good connectivity for the last mile, then Pune Metro also will fail. There will be no takers. We still have the time. Let the elected leaders and the state wake up, keep PMPML in focus and improve the services. Otherwise, let us hand it over to Pune Metro authorities to run it. Or fully privatise it, call for bids for taking over PMPML. The city is bursting at its seams due to poor public transport system. Cars and two-wheelers numbers need to be reduced. That can happen only if PMPML is completely overhauled. - N Kalyan

Need a strong alternative to public transport

The main reason for Pune’s worst traffic issue is ineffective public transport system. And it will be a waste of money to revive Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML), as it’s nothing but a corrupt system which is slowly dying. The corporators and officers are the only ones who are largely benefited by the transport utility, not the commuters. And these people won’t let anyone improve the condition. We have seen that during the tenure of Tukaram Mundhe, the former chairman and managing director (CMD) of PMPML.

We need a private alternative system that will run parallel to PMPML. The commuters will pay a little more than the rates charged by PMPML if they get a convenient and guaranteed mode of transport. Most of the commuters hate to drive in the city traffic, but they don’t have any other option.

Mini-buses on city roads and regular sized buses on long routes, with facilities like FM radio, air-conditioned, electronic tickets or paying through apps will be added benefits. The syst em will get a huge response and solve the traffic issue. The only problem is political parties. They won’t let this happen as it will end their corrupt system. - Avinash Thakur

Citizens face traffic and transportation issues everyday

Certain reports that have ranked Pune as the most liveable city explicitly states two things that either other cities are worse than Pune or we are the best of the worst. I am amused with such reports stating Pune as the most liveable city as citizens face numerous problems in almost all important sectors, including traffic, transportation, and garbage disposal every day. Every citizen encounters with the pathetic conditions of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses, poor waste management and innumerable potholes.

We might be ranked as the most liveable city. However, the infrastructure we have is negligible in comparison to the needs of the city. - Vivek Velankar

Good utility transport must for city

Pune city was never known for good bus transportation, so in changed circumstances and with the bus rapid transport system (BRTS) in use, its best only if the administration and political parties at the helm have the willpower to do it. So, a good bus transportation is the need of the city and Pune mahanagar parivahan mahamandal limited (PMPML) needs to cater to this demand as early as possible. If big buses are not possible at least mini-buses should be introduced on the outskirts of the city. - Maya Hemant Bhatkar

First Published: Sep 02, 2018 17:56 IST