Pune: As schools and colleges have re-opened, the number of commuters travelling by Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) have increased, but the utility is still operating inadequate number of buses, causing immense inconvenience, especially to school and college students.
Similarly, according to available data, the number of passengers using PMPML in last few months recorded a decrease from 10 lakh to nine lakh, raising questions over its efficiency.
Around 10,36,597 passengers travelled by PMPML till June 22. In the past few years, the average number of passengers recorded in June was around 10 lakh. As compared to last year, there are around nearly 90 buses less in June 2018. On the other hand, number of commuters has reached 10 lakh from the month of June.
Although there is a positive picture in terms of increasing number of passengers, on the other hand, lesser PMPML buses are on the roads, causing concern among commuters.
As per data provided by PMPML, around 1,780 buses were planned to ply on Friday, but only 1,335 were on the roads. Due to the nonavailability of around 445 buses, many trips on different routes were cancelled. Around 22,416 trips were planned and out of this, 16,458 were cancelled on Friday.
Passengers were forced to wait for hours and then travel on crowded buses. In fact, the number of breakdowns also have not reduced and many passengers face inconvenience during commuting.
According to officials of PMPML, they are providing better service to passengers. “We have to check the exact figures. During vacations, the number of passengers decreased but now we are on the right track and many passengers prefer to go by bus,” said an official of PMPML.
The data provided by PMPML says that around 10,65,099 passengers travelled in June 2014. Similarly, 10,79,722 passengers in 2015 and 10,50,184 passengers travelled by PMPML bus in 2017 in the same month.
Rohit Labhade, a final year student of Garware College, who commutes regularly from Warje Malwadi to PMC, said, “There are fewer buses on the roads. Due to this, many passengers like me face problems while commuting on over-crowded buses. The authorities should travel once by over-crowded PMPML buses and experience the difficulties.”