Pune: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) has decided to change the colours on its buses from red and yellow to red and cyan.
“There was a need to completely transform PMPML services and create a fresh look that attracts commuters. Earlier, the PMPML buses had two different colour combinations, which include those meant exclusively for BRTS and others for link roads,” said a senior official of PMPML.
Currently, around 1,000 buses are owned by PMPML, of these 653 are run on a contractual basis while 200 have been taken on the PPP model. “The new buses will have a better exterior design. Big flowers will be painted on the buses. The words ‘Rainbow Link’ in Marathi and English as well as a PMPML logo will be marked on each bus. The work of painting of the buses has already started. All buses will be painted in a phased manner,” said Subhash Gaikwad, Public Relations Officer of PMPML.
The authority decided to give new colours to PMPML buses last year. Earlier, a three-colour combination was decided. The authority had also asked commuters to suggest colours and urged citizens to vote by making a missed call.
The PMC Standing Committee had approved a proposal to include 1,550 buses in the fleet of the public transport utility in July 2016. The PMC would pay Rs 40 crore for buying 100 new buses. It has allowed the PMPML to seek financial assistance to buy 700 new buses and also get 750 buses on rent.
There are plans to install GPS and electronic display boards showing names of bus stops. The PMPML was also working on route rationalisation so as to increase the frequency on crowded routes by reducing the trips on routes outside city areas.