Pune: Currently operated by a third vendor, Metrozip - the bus shuttle service for IT employees working in Hinjawadi - is struggling to continues operations due to financial constraints.
The facility, which is a hit amongst IT employees and also helps reduce pollution in Hinjawadi, was inaugurated in 2014.
While addressing a press conference, Col Shankar Salkar (Retd), Head of Transport Operations of Hinjawadi Industries Association, said that they have approached the government requesting for changes in running the transport service contract so that the contractor is able to survive financially to run the service.
“The first contractor running Metrozip service decided not to go ahead after one year of operation. The second contractor too chose not to operate after some time and currently, the third vendor is running the service. The contractors told us that once the employees are dropped to their working destinations, they have to return to pick employees in the second round from different parts of the city. At this time, the bus goes empty as they are not allowed to ply passengers other than IT employees having a tie-up with Metrozip,” added Salkar.
Chief Operating Officer Col Charanjeet Bhogal said that they have approached the government and have requested for changes in the contract. “We have asked to allow other passengers to be carried in the bus when the bus is empty on a return journey. Similarly, on Saturdays and Sundays, the bus can be used to ply long-distance passengers like Pune-Satara, Pune-Mumbai and others. We have also requested that transport service be allowed to generate revenue through advertisements,” added Bhogal.
The Metrozip shuttle service has over 110 buses that ply across the city.