Pune: Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Nayana Gunde, on Friday, cracked the whip on senior officials at the Hadapsar depot for failing to increase the number of buses on road.
There has been a dip in the number of buses plying on routes from the depot for the past few months. The PMPML chief conducted a surprise inspection at the Hadapsar depot, during which she warned the staff working at the depot to improve the working condition of buses and release more such buses on routes, failing which stringent action would be taken against them.
PMPML has 13 depots in the city, including Swargate, Hadapsar, Market Yard, Kothrud, Pune Station and Narveer Tanaji Wadi. Buses running on various routes are mainly from these depots. Gunde has been regularly monitoring the work at these depots to see to it that a maximum number of buses ply on city roads.
However, much to her chagrin, the CMD found that the Hadapsar depot was not releasing an optimum number of buses on the routes. During her surprise visit, Gunde hauled the senior officials and instructed them to release more buses so that inconvenience is not caused to passengers.
There has been more than one reason why the depot came on her radar. “A report on the revenue generated by PMPML recently was submitted to Gunde and she found that there has been a steady decline in revenue for the past few months. She discovered that the Hadapsar depot topped the chart in not plying buses regularly as compared to other depots. This caused a decrease in revenue,” said a senior PMPML official on condition of anonymity.
According to sources, “Efficiency of the staff at the Hadapsar depot has decreased, which is adversely impacting revenue. So passengers are not getting better facilities. As the vacations got over and schools, colleges re-opened, the number of passengers commuting by buses went up. During her visit, Gunde saw many broken-down buses on the depot premises. The CMD expressed her displeasure with the depot manager and engineer. She warned both of stringent measures and hinted at their suspension if they failed to pull their socks up.”
She set a target for the officials and directed them to increase the number of buses immediately. Gunde said if more buses did not come on the roads, action would be taken against the depot manager, engineer and other senior officials.