Pune: Regular commuters of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) had a harrowing time on Monday as heavy rain lashed the city leading to water-logging and traffic congestions. Breaking down of PMPML buses added to the woes of commuters, once again reflecting their poor maintenance.
Around 140 PMPML buses broke down on the roads during peak hours in the city and Pimpri Chinchwad.
Traffic congestions were witnessed in the carriageway from Warje to Karve Nagar, Karve Road to Kothrud, Ahmednagar Road towards Wagholi due to the slow traffic movement. A breakdown of a bus in some of these areas added to the woes of commuters.
According to PMPML officers, around 90 contractors’ buses and 50 owned by PMPML broke down. Passengers were stranded in the middle of the road. Such buses could be seen on Shivaji Road, Bajirao Road, Tilak Road, FC Road, Karve Road, in Kothrud, Warje, Bund Garden and Wagholi.
“Due to heavy rain, the buses broke down and passengers were stranded on the road. The main reason for breakdown was potholes. We received several complaints about heavy traffic jams as our buses broke down. We are waiting for a report supposed to be tabled on Wednesday,” said a PMPML official.
Shortage of buses hits ops
The PMPML has acquired midi buses to provide better service on congested roads, mainly in old city areas. Due to the shortage of buses, PMPML is using these buses in the city and outskirts as per the need.Starting from March, PMPML received 199 midi buses in three batches. The first batch of buses, which was received in the first week of March, was deployed for ‘Tejaswini Service’ - exclusive service for women.
In April and June, PMPML got 169 more buses. Its officials concede that the intended objective of starting a special service using these buses for congested old city areas is yet to be fulfilled. Officials said despite the addition of new midi buses, the shortage of buses continues to hit its operations.