Pune: Finally, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) will get a plot to develop the depot at Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) land near Wagholi. The long pending demand seems to be about to see the light of the day as talks between two authorities have given positive signals for the project.
Recently, a meeting was held where both authorities agreed to provide service in outskirt areas that fall under the PMRDA jurisdiction.
During the meeting, PMRDA had in-principle agreed to provide four acres of land to PMPML to develop a depot-cum-car shed to streamline the transport body’s operations in areas in the north-east of Pune city such as Ahmednagar Road, Wagholi, Ranjangaon, Shikrapur and Pabal. The four-acre plot along the road is owned by PMRDA which is willing to give it for development of a new depot of PMPML.
According to officials from PMRDA the cost of the construction of the depot will be borne by PMPML.
Kiran Gitte, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Metropolitan Commissioner, PMRDA said, “We have the requisite land in Wagholi. We have agreed to provide this land for the depot. The design of the depot will come from PMPML which will also bear the cost of the construction and cost of the land.”
In the past the PMPML officials had said in public that they are not able to bear the cost of the land which worked out to be Rs 33 crore, Gitte said that the issue could be resolved between two organisations. “Both these are government organisations and we can work it out between us. The point is we are working towards having a PMPML depot in Wagholi and cost is not a factor,” said Gitte.
Gitte said it has been proposed that PMRDA should have representation on the PMPML board of directors.
“Providing good bus services in PMRDA jurisdiction is also the mandate of PMPML as it’s in PMC and PCMC jurisdiction. The issue came up and the PMPML administration has agreed to have, now onwards, a PMRDA member on the board. They will send the recommendation to the higher authorities for approval,” said Gitte.
The officials of the PMPML said, “We have asked PMRDA to provide the land to develop the depot at Wagholi, they agreed to work on it. The depot is needed in that area. It will solve the parking issue as well.”