Pune: Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) will introduce 500 electric buses, which will be fully air-conditioned. The tender for the same will be floated next week, said Siddharth Shirole, corporator and Director of PMPML, while interacting with the media on Friday, after completing one year as director.
Shirole said, "These buses will provide better comfort to passengers and its fare will be at par with the normal non-AC buses. The transport body will also buy 400 new CNG operated buses and these buses will be owned by PMPML. The process for acquisition of the new CNG buses will also commence soon."
According to Shirole, the move is likely to boost green mobility in the city and will also add to the fleet of PMPML, which remains much short of the desired number of 3,000 buses.
Shirole said, "The chief minister has recently given the go-ahead for operating 500 electric buses, which will be air-conditioned. We have scheduled a meeting on May 9 where the process of bidding will be decided. We are planning to finish the process in the next two months so that the buses can come on the road at the earliest. The plan is to introduce a new lot of 50 buses every month."
Shirole said that apart from this, there's a plan to buy at least 1,000 e-rickshaws, which will be used for last-mile connectivity. "As part of the integrated transport plan, it's envisaged to have at least 1,000 electric rickshaws which will connect people to metro stations and PMPML stops. The plan is that these will be operated by PMPML. The MiCard issued by PMPML can be used to pay for the services of the rickshaws. It will soon be finalised," said Shirole.
Shirole said the PMPML management is aiming to increase the per day passenger count from about 11 lakh to 20 lakh in the next four years. "We are also working on preparing a transport plan for the 14 new villages that have been included in municipal limits," said Shirole.