PUNE: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) has started acting against private vehicles entering the dedicated Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) lanes.
The action started on Friday night on the stretch of Ahmednagar Road from Yerawada to Wagholi from 8 pm to 9.45 pm. The Pune traffic police helped the PMPML officials.
PMPML Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Tukaram Mundhe gave details about this during a press meet on Saturday.
“We have started taking action against private vehicles entering the dedicated BRTS lanes. The first action, with the help of Pune traffic police, started at 8 pm on Yerawada-Wagholi BRTS route. In one hour and 45 minutes, the traffic police acted against 25 vehicles, including 20 two-wheelers and 5 four-wheelers, which included two government vehicles,” he said.
A week ago, Mundhe announced that he would seize such erring vehicles from January. BRTS routes have been prepared to provide a fast and easy travel for commuters by PMPML buses.
Many vehicles enter BRTS lanes between Sangamwadi and Sadalbaba Chowk. Hence, the administration has appointed wardens at these places.
He said, “From Monday, we will start seizing vehicles entering the BRTS routes. We will put display boards of ‘No entry’ for private vehicles on both the ends of these routes, which are only meant for PMPML buses.”
“Private vehicles enter the BRTS lanes even after wardens appointed by the transport body objecting to such unauthorised entry. Sometimes, these erring vehicle owners abuse and heckle these wardens and because of this, accidents happen in BRTS lanes. We would sternly deal with such vehicles. Such vehicles will be seized and sold in an auction,” he said.