PMPML will add 77 more buses within two months
Tender process is in the final stages and will be completed within a few weeks
Pune: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) will add around 77 buses in their fleet within two months. The buses include Tejaswini for ladies and electric buses.
At present, around 2,098 buses are in the fleet and out of this, 653 belong to private contractors. However only 1,400 (average) buses are plying on the roads. Average 70-85 buses are off the roads due to breakdowns everyday.
However, to get rid of the old buses, the authority had added 33 midi buses ‘Tejaswini’ especially for women last year. They added six more buses for ladies on February 9 this year. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched an event of Smart city organised by the MahaMetro recently here in the city. After adding this, a total of 39 Tejaswini buses are running on the roads. On the same day, 25 new electric buses were also launched for passengers by the Chief Minister.
“Many of the buses are old. We are planning to add more buses and scrap old ones. But it will take place only after the new buses arrive. Last Saturday, we have added six Tejaswini buses taking the total to 33, while the rest 27 buses will be added by end of March. We are very hopeful that every month, we can add more buses to the fleet,” Nayana Gunde, Chairman and Managing Director of PMPML told Sakal Times.
“After successfully launch of e-buses on February 9, we are expecting to launch 50 more buses by the end of April. After getting this, we will have 75 e-buses in our fleet. Apart from this, we are in process to add 400 CNG buses within 2 to 3 months,” she said. However, the tender process is in the final stages and will be completed within a few weeks.
“We are planning to buy about 1,000 buses by the end of this year and will add more by 2020. We are maintaining the frequency of having buses within a time span of three to five minutes on busy routes. But we have to wait for two more years to maintain the frequency of the time span on all routes,” she said.