Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) have decided to allow Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) to resume their bus services from September 3. About 25 per cent of the total strength of the PMPML bus fleet will operate in the first phase.
Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said, "120 shuttle buses will be available from Swargate, Municipal Corporation, Pune Station, Shivajinagar, Hadapsar, Katraj, Malwadi, Kothrud, Wagholi, Nigdi, Bhosari, Pimpri, Chinchwad and other stations having heavy passenger footfall during peak hours."
An online meeting was held on Thursday from Pune Municipal Corporation to start services of PMPML. Pune Mayor Mohol, Pimpri-Chinchwad Mayor Mai Dhore, PMC Standing Committee Chairman Hemant Rasne, PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, PMPML Chairman and Managing Director Rajendra Jagtap attended the meeting.
Considering the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city and the upcoming Ganeshotsav, citizens are urged not to crowd the streets. Therefore, it was decided in the meeting that the city bus service should be started after Ganeshotsav.
PMPML bus service in both the cities had been shut down since March 25. However, PMPML did continue their service for personnel engaged in essential and emergency services in the city. It currently has 250 buses running daily in both cities. The PMP has lost about Rs 225 crore revenue in the last five months due to the closure of passenger transport services. Also, about five thousand employees of PMP have been sent on deputation to both Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporations.
PMPML planning for bus service resumption
• 480 buses will run on 190 routes in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad
• Each bus will have a maximum of 22 passengers
• Bus will be sanitized after each round
• Air conditioning system in the buses will be switched off
• Each bus will have markings on the seat