Pune: Due to the regular breakdown of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) buses, the Pune traffic police has written a letter to the PMPML chief noting that the frequent breakdowns are leading to traffic jams and creating chaos on city roads.
The letter was in the wake of the June 16 deluge when around 140 buses broke down in the city and no one from the transport body paid any heed to the complaints from the passengers. Hence, the city traffic police have pulled up the PMPML for frequent breakdowns on roads, which often cause traffic jams during peak hours.
Traffic Department of Pune Police has written a letter to PMPML’s chairperson Nayana Gunde pointing out that the breakdowns are also resulting in traffic jams on Pune roads.
“The frequency at which the PMPML buses are breaking down on city roads has increased. This is resulting in traffic jams and is causing disturbances to the normal functioning of the city. From January 2018 till date, as many as 1,942 breakdowns of buses have caused traffic jams on roads,” wrote Sheshrao Suryawanshi, Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of Traffic Department.
Suryawanshi has asked the CMD to make sure that PMPML vehicles do not break down on roads. “Please take care and take necessary steps to avoid such a situation in future,” he wrote. The communication sent by the DCP also lists as many as 1,942 instances since January 2018 when a breakdown of a PMPML bus caused traffic issue on city roads.
The actual number of breakdowns of the buses of the transport body is much higher. In recent months, the number is as high as 1,100 breakdowns per month and about 36 per day.