PCMC-PMPML cold war comes to an end

Sakal Times
Thursday, 13 July 2017

As promised, PMPML is going to start 80 mini buses for internal bus service in Pimpri-Chinchwad soon

Pimpri: The one-and-a-half month long cold war between office-bearers from Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Chairman and Managing Director of Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has resolved in a win-win situation for both parties.

PCMC office-bearers who were targeting Munde for not attending PCMC Standing Committee meetings to listen to grievances of Pimpri-Chinchwad about the services of PMPML passed a resolution on Wednesday congratulating Munde for fulfilling the demands of the city in record time.

Following the deadlock for one-and-a-half month, MLA Laxman Jagtap, Mayor Nitin Kalje and Standing Committee Chairperson of PCMC Seema Savale held a meeting with Munde last week.  

In the meeting, Munde promised to solve all pending issues pertaining to PCMC within three months. Acting on his promise, PMPML started five AC buses on Katraj-Nigdi route from Tuesday. Ladies special bus service was flagged off in the city from Thursday.  

As PMPML has started acting promptly on the demands made by elected members, the Standing Committee, that withheld the proposal for paying Rs 6 crore as operational losses to the transport utility, approved the pending proposal in its meeting on Wednesday.

Going beyond this, the Standing Committee passed a resolution congratulating Munde, which surprised many.  Paying Rs 6 crore against operational losses to the transport utility became a prestige issue for the PCMC. The Standing Committee had kept the proposal for paying the amount on hold for more than a month.

The proposal for paying Rs 16.52 lakh for an education tour to Science Park and Rs 5.72 crore against operational losses was pending for more than a month in the agenda of the Standing Committee meeting

PMPML operational losses incurred need to be borne by civic bodies, as was decided during the formation of the company, as per a government resolution. On the backdrop of this, the cold war was resolved on a positive note.

As promised, PMPML is going to start 80 mini buses for internal bus service in Pimpri-Chinchwad soon.

Interestingly, Standing Committee Chairperson Seema Savale, who was more vocal against PMPML, herself submitted the proposal congratulating Munde.





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