PMPML Bus Day: Punekars want more frequency, punctuality of buses

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Ruchita Naik

Pune, 10th February 2020: PMPML plied around 1807 buses today for Bus Day in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad. The administration aims to generate revenue of about Rs two crore rupees.
Rahul Aiwale (30), working at Blue chip corporate, who is resident of Nigdi, told, “I travel on many routes for meeting clients. I have all route monthly bus pass. The bus frequency has increased as compared to before. The buses are every 5 to 10 minutes today.”

Sayali (name changed), age 20-year-old, student, resident of Katarj said, “I travel on the route of Tilak road and Dandekar pul. Personally, it is not comfortable and doesn’t feel safe while travelling. Sometimes there are thieves, hooligans who touch women anywhere. Even if the buses are full, still more passengers are allowed to board the bus. The frequency of buses cannot be trusted, sometimes there will be 3-4 buses and sometimes we have to wait for one hour and a half. I think that the frequency of buses should be increased and there should be some measures for women safety too. The bus drivers should drive slow.”

Asha Ramesh Bhosale (56), a resident of Sant Nagar, said, “I do cooking work and travel from Tilak road to Dandekar pul. The services of PMPML buses are not that good. If the bus is crowded, the conductor doesn’t wait at the bus stop until we get down. It is more difficult to find buses in the rainy season. They should wait at the regular stops. Due to road construction and metro work the buses are stopped at a long distance from the bus stop. It is hard for the people of my age to walk back the distance. I like to travel on the bus and the ticket is also feasible.”

Shalini Nashikar (65), resident of Narayan Peth said, “I work as a housemaid and when I have to travel to Karandi (Ahmednagar district) to visit my daughter, sometimes buses are on time and sometimes they are late. I go from Deccan to Wagholi and then go to Karandi, if I miss the bus then I have to travel till Koregoan Park and then get a jeep. The buses should be more on time.”