Pune: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) organised interactive session turned out to be a speech session as the dignitaries on the dais instead of setting up a conversation with the women passenger, preferred to preach a lesson or two. The event called ‘Su-samwad’ was held at PMPML’s Shankarseth Road office.
The interactive session was held on Tuesday in a bid to understand the problems faced by women passengers while travelling on the buses. It was attended by Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) Mayor Mukta Tilak, Shiv Sena MLC Nilam Gorhe and Naina Gunde, Chairman and Managing Director of PMPML. Along with them hundreds of women passengers including lady conductors and activists were present.
Asha Shinde, a member of PMP Pravasi Manch, who was also present, told Sakal Times, “The event was called ‘Su-samwad’ but there was not a single interaction with women who were present on the occasion.
Mayor, MLC and CMD all were present and they only highlighted the achievements of PMPML, but failed to address the real issues related with women passengers and lady conductors.”
“Travelling in PMPML is not a cakewalk for women passengers. The problem faced by them, no one can understand. The male passengers sit on reserved ladies seat and refuse to budge even after being told. The lady conductors also face a few issues regarding the behaviour of male passengers,” said Shinde.
However, the PMPML will be identifying the routes where maximum women commute and will install CCTV cameras on such buses, officials said. With a sum of Rs 10 lakh received from Shiv Sena MLC Neelam Gorhe, the senior officials of the transport body said that the CCTV cameras will deter misbehaviour against women on the buses.