Pune: Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited’s (PMPML) women’s special bus ‘Tejaswini’ is receiving a good response.
The bus service was started last month and now the administration is considering starting the service on other routes. The bus service has generated more than Rs 25 lakh within a month. PMPML said that from March 8 to April 7, around 2.3 lakh women travelled by the bus. An average of 6,766 women use the bus daily, generating average income of Rs 86,000 per day for PMPML.
“If this continues in this month, we will consider plying more buses on different routes. There are a large number of women who prefer to travel by this bus,” said Subhash Gaikwad, PRO of PMPML.
The occupancy of these buses is 50 to 65 per cent. But PMPML sources said this is expected since the service is only a month old and as awareness levels increase, the occupancy will go up and earnings per kilometre will improve.
Nayana Gunde, Chairperson and Managing Director of PMPML, introduced ‘Tejaswini’ bus service with new midibuses on International Women’s Day. The service was provided on eight routes with 30 buses that ran 218 trips. The routes are Hadapsar to Warje Malwadi, PMC to Lohegaon, Kothrud depot to Katraj, Katraj to Shivajinagar station, Nigdi to Hinjawadi phase 3, Katraj to Maharashtra Housing Board, Bhosari to PMC and Bhekraingar to PMC.
A year ago, the bus was started on two routes, but it did not receive a good response.
Income & Passengers
Ticket sales 83,526
Passes sold 2,384
Daily Passengers 6,766
Average Daily Ticket Sales 6,728
Daily Income `85,910
(Figures from March 8 to April 7)