Pune: Against the backdrop of the Maharashtra Bandh call given by the Maratha Kranti Morcha, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) has cancelled leaves of all depot heads, besides directing them to record incidents of violence on their premises on Wednesday.
Similarly, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has decided to suspend services in the city outskirts on Thursday. Only city buses will ply. Although the Rickshaw Panchayat has assured that rickshaws will function normally in the city on Thursday, a few autorickshaw owners fear being harmed during the protest. Similarly, Ola and Uber cab services will function normally but many drivers expressed fear that their vehicles may be targeted if the protest became aggressive.
The MSRTC has instructed all divisional controllers to remain present on Thursday. Information will be shared with the headquarters in Mumbai. Information about buses will be displayed and announcements will be made from time to time.
“Drivers and conductors have been instructed to make passengers aware of a safe journey during the bandh.
Police personnel will be deployed at all bus stands.
Not a single bus will ply from any division. If the situation is under control, we will decide whether to ply buses or not, but after confirmation with the police,” said Abhijeet Bhosale, spokesperson of MSRTC.
The PMPML authority has cancelled all buses in outskirts. “During the protest, which turned violent on July 30 in Chakan, we suffered losses amounting to Rs 1.5 crore. We don’t want to take any risk. Hence, there will be no services in the city outskirts. Bus service running in the city will be normal. If the situation goes tense, the buses will not ply. All 13 major depots have been instructed to display helpline number. We have already instructed deployment of security personnel at all depots,” said Subhash Gaikwad.
According to the officials, “The buses on Pune-Nashik Road will be cancelled. On the Pune-Mumbai route, the buses will ply to Nigdi, all buses for Dehu Road, Vadgaon, Kamshet and Kiwale will be cancelled for Thursday. Apart from this, buses on Paud Road route will be run till Chandani Chowk.”
The PMPML authority has instructed depot managers to guide and inform all passengers properly. Passengers can call on helpline number 020-24503206 and all depots will be opened.