Pune: The bandh called by Maratha protesters on Thursday cause Rs 75.60 lakh revenue loss to Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). The agitators targeted five buses in the city, which had around 200 passengers.
According to PMPML, only 686 buses ran in the morning from 5 am to 10 am. “We started buses on all city routes (Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad) in the morning. Nearly 686 buses departed from different depots and were pressed into service on the routes from 5 am till 10 am. After that, we stopped all the bus services and did not ply a single bus. The protesters targeted five buses and damaged windshield glass, which caused a loss of Rs 60,000. Till late evening, we have suffered losses of Rs 75 lakh as revenue dipped due to no-plying of the buses,” said Subhash Gaikwad, spokesperson, PMPML.
However, the PMPML had changed 14 bus routes on Thursday due to statewide protest. It had decided to halt the services on some of the routes, as protesters had damaged public buses when the agitation had turned violent in Chakan on July 30. The changed routes were Pune to Nashik Road, Nigdi to Chakan, MIDC Wadgaon-Chakan Road, Pune-Mumbai Road till Dehu village, Kamshet, Wadgaon and Kiwale, Paud Road, Sinhgad Road after Wadgaon, Dhayari and others.