PUNE: Public transport services become a soft target for the protestors during the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Monday. Agitators damaged Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) in the city. In all, eight buses of the PMPML were vandalised.
According to PMPML officials, protesters smashed the bus windscreens and deflated the tyres.
“Eight buses were damaged during the protest, which included six owned by PMPML and two belonging to private contractors. In the morning, buses were on the road and no damage was reported. But after 11 am, some buses were targeted by protesters. Most of the buses were easy targets at Kothrud, Karve Nagar and Market Yard areas. Due to this, PMPML suffered a loss of approximately Rs 40,000,” said Subhash Gaikwad, spokesperson of PMPML.
The six buses were targeted at Market Yard, Sadashiv Peth, Pumping Station near Kothrud, Vanaz Corner at Kothrud, Nal Stop and Gujarat Colony in Karve Nagar. The rest were damaged near the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) building and Sangharsh Chowk.
“When we received reports of vandalisation of the buses, we stopped operation at the Upper Indiranagar Depot for almost two hours. After receiving confirmation that the bandh was over, we resumed operations,” Gaikwad told Sakal Times.
However, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses were smoothly running and there was no report of vandalism. Also, railway operations from Pune to Lonavla, Daund and Baramati were running smoothly.