Pune: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) will provide more facilities to commuters in 2018. The authorities have identified 12 new routes, where buses will start plying from January. PMPML CMD Tukaram Mundhe revealed this during a media briefing on Saturday.
“Pune is developing rapidly. The bus service network needs to be expanded accordingly. We have identified new routes, where buses will start plying from next year. The decision to start new routes is based on the needs of passengers,” Mundhe said.
“Besides, we have also decided to increase schedule for buses from 1,436 to 1,810 next year. The morning and afternoon (regular schedule) has been increased by 115 from 1,430 to 1,545. The broken schedule is up by 69 from 6 to 75. The new midi bus schedule has also been introduced from zero to 100,” he said. Mundhe has also decided to increase the bus trips by 3,000 from 21,300 to 24,300.
Buses will ply from Bhosari, Nigdi, Katraj, Kothrud, Hadapsar, Swargate and Pimpri.
It has been observed that more buses are required during the peak hours. “During the peak hours, 636 buses will ply on the ‘broken schedule’ in different routes. This will be in effect from January first week. From 8 am to 12 pm, 340 buses will ply. From 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm, 296 buses will ply under the broken schedule,” Mundhe said.
Mundhe said the timetable for 200 new midi buses is being prepared as per the needs of passengers. More buses will be plied.