Pune: The tussle between the Chairman and Managing Director of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML), Tukaram Mundhe, and the elected representatives in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) reached a new high on Tuesday, after the elected members targeted him over his style of functioning.
The discussion over Mundhe’s alleged quick decision method broke out during the general body meeting of the PMC on Tuesday when Shiv Sena organised an agitation against him for raising the charges of bus passes for students. Targeting Mundhe, the members expressed that the CMD is not taking the board of directors into confidence when it comes to taking important decisions like hiking the bus pass fee charges, which affect the economically weaker sections of society.
Moreover, Mundhe was targeted for his style of functioning and not paying attention towards them. Senior Congress corporator Aba Bagul said that the PMC, every year, gives Rs 150 crore to run the loss-making public transport body. Despite that, the CMD has raised the bus pass fee without any consultation with the elected representatives.
NCP corporators Vaishali Bankar and Nanda Lonkar also echoed the same sentiments and pointed out that the service of PMPML is very poor and the commuters have to suffer, while Avinash Bagwe demanded a special general body meeting to discuss various issues related to PMPML and requested Mayor Mukta Tilak to ensure Mundhe remains present for the general body meetings.
Trying to quell the anger of the elected representatives, Mayor Mukta Tilak said that a meeting with Mundhe has been organised on Wednesday to sort out the issues related to PMPML. However, replying to the members, municipal chief Kunal Kumar said that the PMC still offers bus passes to the students with 75 per cent concession and the rate was hiked for offering bus services to the private schools only.