PUNE: Nayana Gunde, an IAS officer, took charge as new Chairperson and Managing Director (CMD) of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) on Monday. She emphasised that the decisions taken by former CMD Tukaram Mundhe will not be changed. Gunde is the first lady CMD of PMPML after formation of the transport utility.
“My priority will be to make PMPML people friendly and to ensure the commuters’ and transport utility’s well-being and the transport utility makes a profit. Whatever the decision he (Tukaram Mundhe) had taken, if those are good, I will not change them. He had taken the decisions in the interest of the company,” Gunde told media persons.
After taking charge of CMD, she held a meeting with the head of the departments and collected primary information about the utility. For the first time, Gunde has got the responsibility of administering a public transport undertaking. “It will take a month to get more information, review the current situation and to understand earlier decisions,” said Gunde.
Mundhe, during his tenure, sacked many drivers and conductors for not doing their work in a proper manner and also dismissed some senior officers after finding some financial irregularities.
While asking her about the dismissal of employees, she said, “The decision was taken by Mundhe, I will look and study it case by case.”
Gunde said that long-term planning is necessary for the public transport system and the PMPML’s goal is to cater to 15 lakh passengers. “This is a challenging task and there is a lot of work to be done because of direct contact with the people. In many countries, senior officials and office-bearers also use the public transport system. In Pune, the use of public buses should be increased. If any good suggestion comes from activists and from commuters, then it will definitely be considered,” said Gunde.
“The use of technology is increasing everywhere. Keeping in mind the benefits of technology for passengers, the bus services should also be ‘smart’. It is important to provide time effective services and efforts will be made in this direction,” said new CMD.
WOMEN PASSENGERS ARE A PRIORITY
“The number of women employed in Pune is huge. Many women have to go to work far away from home. Therefore, it is necessary to provide special buses and other facilities for them. The process for bringing special ‘Tejaswini’ buses for women is underway. The efforts will be made to provide better service to senior citizens and children,” said Nayana Gunde.