Commuters suffer due to strike of bus drivers

Sakal Times
Friday, 30 June 2017

Total 653 buses provided by private contractors were taken off the road by drivers against the PMPML administration’s decision to levy heavy fines.

Pune: Thousands of commuters including senior citizens and school children had to suffer a great inconvenience on Thursday after the drivers of buses supplied to the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) by private contractors, went on strike.

The strike was called against the PMPML administration for collecting fines from bus drivers for not stopping the buses at bus stops to pick up commuters. The PMPML started slapping heavy fines on drivers provided by private contractors for not observing the rules which made the private contractors furious.

Total 653 buses provided by private contractors were taken off the road by drivers against the PMPML administration’s decision to levy heavy fines.

Chairman and Managing Director of the PMPML Tukaram Mundhe asked private contractors to pay a fine of Rs nine crore for not observing the rules while operating the buses.
Private contractors said that the amount of fine slapped on bus drivers is bigger than the salary of bus drivers and due to the faulty global positioning system, it is seen that the buses don’t stop at bus stops. PMPML’s fleet contains 1,530 buses but after 515 buses were taken off the road by private contractors, it caused a loss of at least Rs 25 lakh.

Mundhe said that all buses at bus depots were pressed into service as private contractors called the strike suddenly but they will have to face action for this.

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