PMPML yet to recover over Rs 5 cr for non-working ITMS

Sushant Ranjan
Thursday, 13 February 2020

The PMPML had added 200 diesel midibuses in February 2018. It consisted of passenger information systems, CCTV, speakers, amplifier, system control unit, driver display and ITMS as mentioned in the agreement between PMPML and Tata Motors. 

PUNE: The Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) has failed to recover around Rs 5.5 crore from Tata Motors that provided 200 midibuses to the transport body. 

The fine was imposed on the company after the Intelligent Transport Management System (ITMS) stopped functioning six months after it was added into the fleet. 

The PMPML had added 200 diesel midibuses in February 2018. It consisted of passenger information systems, CCTV, speakers, amplifier, system control unit, driver display and ITMS as mentioned in the agreement between PMPML and Tata Motors. 

After adding it into the fleet, it was expected that the ITMS will function properly. The system was connected to the PMPML headquarters but it failed to function. 

Accordingly, PMPML issued a notice to the company. 

The transport body administration asked the company to fix the ITMS for proper functioning, however, no action was taken by Tata Motors. 

As per the agreement, PMPML imposed a fine of Rs 500 per day on the company. 

PMPML Chairman and Managing Director Nayana Gunde agreed to impose a daily fine of Rs 500 on Tata Motors from June 6, 2018. 

According to the norms, Tata Motors is mandated to instal and maintain ITMS in the midibuses. However, they have failed to do so for a very long time. 

The total amount of the fine is Rs 5.5 crore and PMPML has failed to recover the amount yet. 

“Tata Motors had outsourced the work of ITMS. The company was informed from time to time. The recovery of the amount is in process,” said PMPML Joint Managing Director Ajay Charthankar.

WHAT IS ITMS?
ITMS is an in-bus surveillance system with GPS-based vehicle tracking systems where real-time tracking of all moving buses for operations control, arrival and departure information and disaster management can be done. It also has passenger information systems, which include web-based realtime, expected time of arrival and departures, along with LCDs at bus stations with automatic announcement systems.

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