Pune: The private contractors who went on indefinite strike, putting buses provided by them off the road, called off the strike on Friday night after PMPML CMD Tukaram Mundhe promised to inquire into their grievances.
Mayor Mukta Tilak intervened and convinced both parties to solve the issue and call off the strike.
Earlier, the commuters of PMPML faced inconvenience on the second consecutive day as the buses provided by the private contractors were off the roads on Friday. The strike was called against the PMPML administration’s charging fines on the bus drivers for not stopping the buses at the bus stops to pick up commuters. Totally, 515 buses provided by the private contractors were off the road on Friday.
Speaking to the press, private contractors alleged that the Integrated Transport Management System and Global Positioning System are faulty, so both the systems are giving faulty reports and the PMPML administration is taking note of these reports to take action against the bus drivers. The PMPML slapped a fine of Rs 17 crore during the last two-and-a-half months.
The PMPML has totally 653 buses in its fleet provided by the private contractors and if the bus is not stopped at the bus stop, then a fine of Rs 100 is slapped.
According to PMPML, during last two-and-a-half months, the private bus drivers did not stop at the PMPML bus stops for 17 lakh times, which is not correct, the contractors told the press.