Pune: PMP Pravasi Manch, a Pune-based organisation looking after the commuters' rights, has protested against Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML)'s move of charging Rs 5 extra for bus journeys after 10 pm. The Manch has written a letter in this regard to District Collector Saurav Rao and PMPML chief Tukaram Mundhe.
This fare was announced by PMPML during the Ganesh festival. The Manch has called this an illegal move.
"The bus fare is sanctioned by RTA and is in force throughout the regular schedules of bus operations. The passes are valid for the journey till the last schedule reaches the destination. However, recently, for Ganesh festival, PMPML has started charging Rs 5 extra for each journey after 10 pm, even though on the routes, the regular bus services conclude by 12.30 am. This is illegal, as no proposal was made to RTA for this, hence there is no sanction of the fare hike," the Manch representatives said in a letter.
The Manch fears that this will result in "further deteriorating trust in PMPML, as it does, and will exploit bus commuters when they need the bus services the most."
The members of the Manch have urged the authorities to stop collecting this fare with immediate effect and 'not encourage illegal transport'.
Allegations of PMP Pravasi Manch
- PMPML is arbitrarily exploiting helpless bus commuters.
- This is an illegal fare hike, as no due sanction was obtained.
- The cost saving efforts are also missing.
- This hike is illogical and unwarranted; practically also, any business unit will seize the opportunity to attract more and more customers by offering special services, discounted rates, incentives, prizes etc. However, PMPML is acting penny-wise, by discouraging customers with excessive charges and bad service.