Sr citizens’ bus pass price was hiked from `450 to `700
Pune: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) increased the price of the senior citizens’ bus pass from Rs 450 to Rs 700 in August. The members of the Regional Transport Authority had to give several reminders to then chairman and managing director of PMPML Tukaram Mundhe that he should have sent the proposal to them for approval first. Only after two months, did he send the proposal to the RTA for approval.
Mundhe hiked the price of the bus pass on the grounds of rationalisation of prices. The decision was criticised by all sections of society, and after Mundhe’s transfer, PMPML prepared a proposal to reduce the price at a recent Board of Directors meeting.
A member of the RTA said the RTA, headed by District Collector Saurabh Rao, came to know that Mundhe had hiked the price of the bus pass of senior citizens. “We continuously followed up with him about the hike, but he did not respond. Later, one of our members called him up twice and met him personally. He was saying that it is rationalisation of price,” a member told Sakal Times on condition of anonymity.
“Members of RTA held a meeting on this issue. Mundhe announced the hike price in August and implemented it from October. District Collector Saurabh Rao called him up personally and reminded him about the rule that such proposals have to be sent to the RTA for approval.
Then Mundhe agreed and sent it to Rao in October-end. After one week we approved the hike bus pass.”
In October, the monthly bus pass for senior citizens was issued to 7,736 and the amount earned by PMPML was Rs 54,15,200.
District Collector Saurabh Rao said it is mandatory to take permission from RTA for changing fares of the transport service.
“PMPML did not take permission from us neither when the fare was hiked nor when it was reduced. When Tukaram Mundhe was asked about the issue he told us that the PMPML chief has the authority to raise the fare by certain limits.