PMPML earns `60L extra during Ganesh fest

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 26 September 2018

The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) had introduced 819 extra buses during the Ganesh festival which concluded recently. As a large number of devotees depend on the public transport service during the festival and the utility had operated most buses during the night on selected routes. During the festival, the PMPML earned Rs 60 lakh above the average income during the night service (after 10 pm) only in seven days.

Pune: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) had introduced 819 extra buses during the Ganesh festival which concluded recently. As a large number of devotees depend on the public transport service during the festival and the utility had operated most buses during the night on selected routes. During the festival, the PMPML earned Rs 60 lakh above the average income during the night service (after 10 pm) only in seven days.

During the festival, the traffic was disrupted on Shivaji Road as it is one of the most important routes for the PMPML and most of the buses ply from this road to different parts of the city. Due to the closure of the road, the service of Katraj, Dhankawadi, Bibvewadi, Upper Indira Nagar, Sahakar Nagar, Padmavati, Swargate, Pimple Nilakh, Khadki and others were disrupted. The PMPML had operated 649 extra buses from September 17 to 23. The service was started after 11 pm till 4 am and the utility had charged 

Rs 5 extra per ticket as night service or yatra service. The service was available in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.

The average income of PMPML is around Rs 1.45 crore. The PMPML has generated Rs 60 lakh extra for running buses during night time which helped many devotees from rural areas like Nashik Phata, Talegaon Dabhade, Talegaon Dhamdhere, Rajguru Nagar, Maval, Ghotawade, Bhugaon, Mulshi, Nigdi, Saswad etc to commute during the festival. The utility had successfully crossed the average income by earning  Rs 62 lakh extra.

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