PUNE: The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) will soon create a new division for Baramati after dividing the Pune division. Currently, the Pune division has 13 depots, which is the highest in the State for a single division, of which five will be transferred to the proposed new division.
Apart from this, one depot from Satara and two from Solapur are also proposed to be attached to the new division. With this new addition, the State will now have 32 divisions.
According to the official of MSRTC, they have sought an opinion from Pune division officials and from some other stakeholders asking if dividing Pune division into two will be a feasible idea.
MSRTC presently has a total of 31 divisions covering 247 depots and 578 bus stands in the State. 31 divisions are located in six administrative (revenue) divisions, namely Mumbai (6), Pune (5), Nashik (4) Aurangabad (7), Amravati (4) and Nagpur (5).
“If you compare the passenger count in Pune division, it’s much higher than the other divisions. Since Baramati depot enjoys high revenue, it’s an ideal location to start a new division,” officials said.
“Five depots – Baramati, Baramati MIDC, Daund, Indapur, and Shirur from Pune division – will be ceded to create the new division.
“Two depots from Solapur district, namely Karmala and Akluj and one from Satara, Phaltan, will also be added to Baramati division,” said the officer.
“Mumbai based headquarters of MSRTC has sought an opinion from Pune division about the financial health of Baramati depot, geographical, administrative and political situation in the town as well as an opinion about attaching the nominated depots,” a senior officer said.
Yamini Joshi, Divisional Controller, confirmed that opinion of Pune division for ceding five of its 13 depots have been sought. She, however, said that they are yet to get an official letter.
Abhijeet Bhosale, Assistant Public Relation Officer of the central office of MSRTC, said that the proposal came as a result of difficulties being faced in managing the sprawling Pune divison.
“With 13 depots, Pune is the biggest division that we have. It also generates very high revenues. Considering everything, MSRTC is planning to make the situation more manageable administratively,” said Bhosale.